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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  19 reviews
It is no longer a secret, as Catherine Hughes pointed out in her America review of The Manor, that Isaac Bashevis Singer is “a teller of tales. Phrases like ‘Let me tell you a story,’ and ‘Now listen to this,’ and ‘My story is about,’ recur in his work.” This new book of sixteen stories is his fourth collection, following Gimpel the Fool, The Spinoza of Market Street and S ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 12th 1981 by Fawcett (first published 1964)
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Kressel Housman
For years, I avoided reading Isaac Bashevis Singer because the foundational writers of Yiddish literature were anti-religious rebels, and as an Orthodox Jew, I was trained to believe that they should be ignored. But now that my own son is a rebel against Orthodox Judaism, I’ve grown to see all rebels in a different light. They have fair criticisms, and I’m more open to hearing them than I used to be.

But that’s not the only reason I read this book. Recently I read Stephen King’s Danse Macabre, wh
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The Crimson Fucker
I was expecting some really corny pro-vegan crap when I started reading this, but surprise surprise! Although the pro-vegan is in here… you don’t get that feeling one gets when talking with a vegan… you know like they try to force feed you their ideals and crap… not all! Instead you get his awesome stories that make you wonder how the fuck did this shit never made it to my to-read shelve before!? This is some serious deep shit! But not the kind of deep shit that don’t come from a pompous bastard ...more
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Αυτοβιογραφκό του κύριου Αζαριάδη.
Eftihia Ag.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Η μετάφραση αδικεί το έργο και προκαλέι θυμηδία.
Shadae
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to someone who likes to keep guesing
Recommended to Shadae by: one of my friends
this book is a amazing and all through out the book it has u guseing from this i learned u cant always trust people even the ones who r really close to u and always follow ur dreams never try to live someone elses
Izabel
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excelent
Bob Newman
Tales of the world I never knew and never will

Thanks to my grandparents, who came to America in the first decade of the 20th century, I grew up and have had a good life. Thanks to my grandparents, I didn't become a piece of ash or a few tossed out bones in an Eastern European field at the age of 2. Wars are wars; they've occured throughout human history, but in most of them, whole civilizations didn't disappear. But the Eastern European Jewish world is gone forever. I might belong to the same ge
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James Digate
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author can really tell a story. In 10 pages, you think you ( or at least I did) have read a novel. Great character building and the right amount of detail. He does not waste a word. Besides that, his stories are great, not dry at all. I read all of these and enjoyed everyone. The published saved one of the best stories for last.
If you read this book, you will probably want to read more of his books, I sure do.
I can see why he won the Nobel Prize.
Liedzeit
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Great Stories. Two Corpses go dancing. The title alone is magnificent and story does not disappoint. Maybe strongest The Slaughterer about a guy who is forced to become a slaughterer instead of Rabbi, but does not like to kill animals.
The Dead Fiddler, great. Zeitl and Rickle is the story of a lesbian love.
Laura
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories was a pleasant break from the crime-n-mystery genre, although these are dense and sober stories.
Janek
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great set of wonderful short stories. Must read.
Christopher
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Séance and Other Stories is a collection by Isaac Bashevis Singer first published in 1968. Singer wrote primarily in Yiddish, and the 16 short stories here have been translated into English by various translators, though overseen by the author.

Singer's stories are invariably set among Jewish communities, the majority in the Polish Jewish villages of the late Russian Empire, though three are set in the postwar United States. Readers of this collection should have a basic knowledge of Jewish c
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Michael
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storytelling of the best kind:
- usually gripping, real stories with stuff happening to people and people doing things (not so obvious in our day and age);
- told from an interesting, subjective point of view with entertaining versatility (each narrator is created within an impressive collection of adults and children of both genders and all walks of life, each carefully thought out);
- gives access to the "world rules" of the locales described (what one is allowed or expected to do or say, how peo
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Mark Klempner
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think this was quite as strong as "Passions" or "Crown of Feathers." But the last story, The Letter Writer, is I.S.B. at his best. What is I.S.B. at his best? Totally seamless and believable story about something unbelievable. Takes the reader into the mind and heart of the main character and follows that character not just through different moods but into different altered states including sleep and severe illness. Has strangely evocative descriptions of physical places and scenes as w ...more
Greg Fanoe
This was really well-written overall but it only has a couple truly good stories. Most of the stories were pretty dull. The best comes when he integrates the folklore/magic stuff and the real. The stories that went too far in the magic direction didn't really work for me. I'll forgive a lot for the sake of good prose, but most of this is just plain uninteresting. Still, the good was good enough that it makes me really want to read an anthology of his works so that I can avoid the chaff.

Best stor
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Debra
Mar 31, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King recommended book and author. Noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981. Author recommended in chapter 5.
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Rae
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-fiction
A collection of short stories by the bestselling Jewish author.
Martin
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Very good, but too depressive.
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Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish American author of Jewish descent, noted for his short stories. He was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
His memoir, "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw", won the U.S. National Book Award in Children's Literature in 1970, while his collection "A Crown of Feathers
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