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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  446 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This novel portrays the difficulties encountered by traditionalist Jews coming to terms with the social changes that rocked Poland in the late 19th century. The central figure of the novel is Calman Jacoby, who stands between the old and the new, unable to embrace either whole-heartedly.
Paperback, 442 pages
Published March 25th 1993 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1967)
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Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a sordid and all at once riveting account of life in Jewish Poland before the turn of the century. I learned a lot about Hasidic life and how the fall of feudalism sorted itself out in Eastern Europe. A highly moral tale of spiritual conviction and losing one's soul to tempation.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro del Nobel Isaac Singer, non del fratello più talentuoso Israel, che, come "la famiglia Moskat" e "Sosha", indaga ed esplora la comunità ebraica polacca; comunità a cui apparteneva il romanziere.
I temi narrati, la vita e le tradizioni ebraiche, sono quelli cari all'autore, e pure al fratello più talentuoso, ma a differenza degli altri suoi libri qui ci "si distacca da tutte le altre saghe in quanto non è la storia di una famiglia, ma quella dei conflitti delle idee che fanno nascere una nu
Bob Newman
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jews Are Bustin' Out All Over

Why should the Jews live in a narrow, religious world bound by myriad restrictions when all Europe is moving towards an industrial, modern future ? On the other hand, isn't leaving the guidance of one's own tradition, and walking on thin ice towards material and emotional satisfactions frought with dangers and fears ? As usual, Singer asks big questions in his novel and answers ambiguously. Readers have to look within themselves to divine the answers to such question
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: us
in amsterdam jews came from portugal and spain they were rich and from poland they were poor.
this book is about the 'poor' jews and the country they lived in once.
how the small community works could be an example for people in the western world.
Ryszard Gawroński
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nie spodziewałem się, że odbiór książek tak bardzo może zależeć od bajzlu w głowie. Jak był on większy, to „Dwór” Singera w żaden sposób mnie nie wciągał – czułem, że czytam jakieś piękne sceny, ale były one totalnie niestymulującymi sytuacjami. Przy mniejszym bajzlu książka totalnie wciąga swoją dostojnie niespieszną akcją. Na początku robi wrażenie zgrabnie ciągłe wprowadzanie nowych postaci (zwłaszcza jak w głowie ma się trollowanie Marqueza w „Stu latach samotności”) i uczucie, jakby grało s ...more
Niklas Angmyr
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: privatpersonen
En mycket intressant bok om judar i Polen, och Europas idéströmningar, under slutet av 1800-talet. Romanen ger inblickar i judarnas introverta seder men också krafter bland judarna att bryta loss och bli mer deltagande i det omgivande icke-judiska samhället. Med krafter menas idéer som socialism, nationalism, sionism, mysticism etc. Judarna påverkades och hela polska samhället som under rysk välde sneglade framförallt på utvecklingen i Frankrike och England. Samtidigt är judarna till del illa se ...more
My edition is hardback, same publisher and date of publication and includes "The Estate"a companion novel.

Tedious at times with all the detail about Jewish tradition and the family habits and fortunes.
This is a family epic following the stories of multiple characters in the later half of the 19th century.
The last perhaps third of the second novel is really depressing with major characters suffering and dying.
Don't expect a light read here! I much prefer Singer's short stories to his novels. You
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book tells a story of one piestit Jew. His private life mirrors the live of Jews in the end of 19th century. The book is very entertaining as Singer always leads the reader along different people and their ambiguous life situations.The topics which are brought to life in this book could be a part of separate books, but Isaac Bashevis Singer managed to unite it in one piece. Also the book is full of descriptions of Jew lifestyle, especially hasidists. Strongly recommend to read!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ciekawy obraz świata Żydów. Smutna, bo niewiele jest tam osób szczęśliwych i spełnionych. Wiele postaci, które pozostają ze sobą w skomplikowanych relacjach.
Daniel Frank
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Possibly IBS' most ambitious work and clear tribute to his brother (although it still reads like an IBS and not an IJS book).

Excited to read The Estate next.
Mark Klempner
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If God truly knows the thoughts of each human being and understands each individual's motives and actions, the mind of God, if turned into a book, would read something like "The Manor."
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a strong interest for religion/theology
Nice writing, compelling story, interesting background, likable characters, A LOT of informations about judaism and 19th-century Poland. I liked the book and really enjoyed reading it but found myself longing for the end at about page 400 (it's 600 pages long, more or less). It's quite gloomy, sordid even, and I guess I wanted to finish it before I became completely depressed. That has something to do with the religious fatalism (I did not say fanatism, though it's another big thing in the book) ...more
Alex Goldstein
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Сага о жизни евреев в Польше во второй половине XIX века. В центре повествования богатый еврей-арендатор из небольшого местечка и его семья.
В это время происходят коренные изменения в укладе жизни как евреев так и поляков. Главные причины - отмена крепостного права, подавление польского восстания, отход части евреев от религии и начало ассимиляции. Гордые польские шляхтичи остаются без денег и спиваются, богатые евреи живут в бывших графских усадьбах, еврейская молодежь уходит в город, быстрая
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non avevo ancora letto nulla di Isaac Singer nonostante nella mia libreria ci siano diversi suoi romanzi e raccolte di racconti: avevo sempre pensato che avrei approcciato a lui con il famoso romanzo "La famiglia Moskat" e invece eccomi qui a recensire "La fortezza" che ho appena finito di leggere: il romanzo di una famiglia, quella del mercante ebreo Jacob Calman che, grazie alla sua abilità commerciale, diventa ricchissimo ma la fortuna che lo accompagna negli affari non gli è altrettanto prop ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Set in the same time frame (more or less) as Israel Joshua Singer's Brothers Ashkenazi, and written 16 years later (1953 vs 1937). What a difference! The Manor has all of the emotion and connection to characters that I found lacking in Brothers Ashkenazi. Both novels are full of details of Jewish life in Poland, and the relations of Jews to Poles, that are so valuable to me as I do research for my next novel.
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
All types of passion animate these characters; religious devotion, sexual intoxication, revolutionary ardor. The large questions of good and evil are grappled with. Does god hold the truth as to life's meaning or does understanding come from scientific knowledge? Profound questions are raised with few answers revealed. The Jewish people endure throughout the centuries in the face of endless persecution.....
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Singer can't help but be brilliant, but this novel is too sprawling, too soap-operatic, too loaded down with late life nostalgia.

There's also an essay to be written--maybe later today, maybe not--about how something as small as the choice of a title can throw a translated novel off-center.
Elisabeth Schinagl
Wie lebt eine jüdische Minderheit inmitten der katholischen Mehrheitsgesellschaft im Polen des 19. Jahrhunderts? Singers Roman ist nicht nur ein Sittengemälde seiner Zeit, sondern auch ein Spiegel für unsere eigene.
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of Jewish family which life is going around its head. he decides nearly about everything. Something Isaac Bashevis Singer's fans.
Bill Silverman
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book but not his best.
Piet Michael
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polish
Eines der großartigsten Bücher über das Leben und Werden der Juden und Polen im 19.Jh. Dicht, farbenprächtig und tragisch!
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in my "new life"!

Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
First half of the book was great but i got tired of it and had to force myself to finish .
Virginia Rounding
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good, as Singer always is. But rather hard to remember who's who, particularly if one comes back to it, as I did, at intervals.
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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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