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The Death of Methuselah by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Aug 29, 11

Read from August 22 to 29, 2011

This is a really great collection of stories by Isaace Bashevis Singer. I found some of the tales disturbing, but I think that is partly what Mr. Singer was hoping to invoke in his readers, especially Jewish ones like me. I like the way he weaves in Jewish tradition, ritual, the way we used to speak in our older generations, and even a bit of mysticism from the kabalah. In the Introduction, he says this was a book that he didn't necessarily intend to write, but that it almost wrote itself. As compelling as it was, because he is such a great story-teller, I couldn't help wonder if he would rather have not written it. These stories really brings out some of the worst aspects of human character when it comes to relationships: infidelity, betrayal of trust, wives and husbands walking out on each other and/or deceiving each other, characters lacking forgiveness or charity, etc. I cannot say I liked this book, because some of these tales were just uncomfortable and the characters were despicable. It did make me think and the story-telling was excellent.

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