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Enemies by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it

I thoroughly enjoyed this witty tale of a man caught between two wives and a neurotic mistress; as well of a man paranoid that the Nazis are constantly following him. Bordering on the verge of camp, and a witty and satirical look at marriage and the absurdity of American convention and religious tradition, it's a definite must read for those who enjoy comedy of the human condition. The characters, Herman; his two wives, Tamara and Yadwiga, and the neurotic mistress, Masha are all fully formed, funny, sad and tragic human beings we all could relate to. I especially loved his first wife, Tamara who starts out by all accounts a shrill and vile harridan in the tradition of early Bette Davis roles; but transforms quietly into a pragmatic and strong survivor of wills.
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