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Teitlebaum’s Window

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Welcome to Brighton Beach of the 1930s and early '40s as filtered through Simon Sloan, from youth to would-be artist-as-a-young-man at Brooklyn College to the eve of his induction into the army. Wallace Markfield perfectly captures this Jewish neighborhood—its speech, its people, its unique zaniness.

But like any masterpiece—Joyce's Dubliners comes readily to mind—Teitlebau
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Paperback, 387 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1970)
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MJ Nicholls
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wallace Markfield is another voice howling from the void—the void of unloved unread unappreciated now-dead experimental fiction writers too cool for even the postmodern crowd. This novel is a collage of elements: each chapter opens with a list of scenes, kvetchings or moments from the 1930s Jewish Brooklyn neighbourhood the book depicts. Simon Sloan is at the centre of the piece and his story is told in intermittent chapters consisting of diary entries, letters, college notes and extended dialog ...more
Irving Koppel
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was ok

If you can imagine a combination of James Joyce's"Ulysses" and Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye",you
might get some idea of this rather strange book. On the face of it,it is the story of the coming of age
of a young Jewish boy in Brooklyn during the 1930's. However, the tortured method which the author employs
to go through this life almost make us feel as we have had to spend the entire span of the young man's
childhood and adolescence. I'd only recommend this book for English majors who wish to lea
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Wallace Markfield (1926-2002) was one of the most important Jewish-American writers of the twentieth century. His novel To an Early Grave was adapted into the film Bye, Bye Braverman, directed by Sidney Lumet, and he was also the author of Teitlebaum's Window, You Could Live If They Let You, and Radical Surgery.
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