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Hardcover, 692 pages
Published November 18th 1990 by Avenel Books (first published January 28th 1858)
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Rebecca Beyer
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Tevye stories are fun but not the high point of the book. I took the time to read the Introduction before I started on the stories themselves and I think it helped me appreciate more fully the humor and the language in the stories, the use of (and creativity of) cursing in daily conversation and other elements which, as ignorant as I am of this rich culture, I might have misinterpreted on a first reading. I will be re-reading these stories in the future.

Matt Howard
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
From one point-of-view, the Nazis won their war. One of Hitler's main objectives was elimination of Jews and their culture. If one looks in Europe today, the rich Yiddish culture of the 19th century with its literature, theater, etc is gone. Yiddish is now considered an endangered language. Sholem Aleichem is a Yiddish/Hebrew greeting meaning "Peace to you," and was the pen name of Solomon Rabinowitz, born in Ukraine in 1859. His prodigious output of plays, short stories, etc led him to be ranke ...more
Rod Barnes
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this because I am cast as the Rabbi in a production of Fiddler On The Roof - it includes the source material for the musical. I won't be giving too much away by saying that Tevye actually had 7 daughters and Matchmakers were all males in the stories.
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Fiddler on the Roof" (and who hasn't seen it?) you will enjoy reading the source for these folk tales or "bubbe meises."
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Jewish writer, Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916), who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem (שלום עליכם, Hebrew for "peace be upon you").

From 1883 on, Sholem Aleichem produced over forty volumes in Yiddish, thereby becoming a central figure in Yiddish literature by 1890.

Sholem Aleichem's narratives were notable for the naturalness of his characters' speech and the accuracy of his descriptions o
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