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The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
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This book was sad but interesting. A man owns a small grocery store
in Brooklyn in the 1950s. His store is not doing well and he can barely
feed his family. Two masked men come in to rob him! They succeed, but
one of the men feels guilty about what he has done and decides to
help the grocer improve his life. There are several twists and
turns in the plot, some of them very surprising, which does
make for good reading, but parts of the book are kinda slow.
The books biggest theme is redemption - can the thief make up
for what he has done to the grocer without the grocer
finding out he was the thief? The results are surprising.
Like so many books, sticking with it payed off because
it gets much better in the end, even though it's sad
for the most part. I read this book because I liked
two other books by this author (Bernard Malamud) - The
Natural (which they made into a movie) and The Fixer, which
is the one I like best from this author. If I like
a book by an author, I always try another one.
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