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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions; Reprint edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879101369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879101367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you were a rich man, you couldn't buy a better show."--New York Times

"Fiddler on the Roof is like your grandmother's house: a place to renew old values and get your soul scrubbed out. If you're lucky enough to have it still, be wise enough to visit it often."--New York Post --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Joseph Stein (1912-2010) was an playwright best known for such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. Born to Jewish immigrants, Stein grew up in the Bronx. He began his career as a psychiatric social worker, while writing comedy on the side. A chance encounter with Zero Mostel led him to writing for radio personalities, including Hildegarde and Jackie Gleason. He later worked in TV when he joined the writing team of "Your Show of Shows," which included Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner. He was honored with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater, and in 2008 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I had the book within 5 days of ordering.
Diana Major Spencer
It's the story of dairyman Tevye and his family in the fictional village Anatevka.
K.A.Goldberg
It includes some wonderful pictures from the original production.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Buford on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Shalom Aleichem was for modern Jewish literature what Mark Twain was for American literature. In one for instance, Aleichem like Twain was the writer's own appropriation. Mark Twain originally was a sounding phrase used by riverboat operators. Shalom Aleichem -- also a sounding phrase -- is used in Jewish communities to welcome eachother and in congregation the bride of the sabbath itself. Both Twain and Aleichem created indelible unforgettable stories with indelible unforgettable characters...like Tevye. And whether you found Tevye through Topol, Mostel or Shalom Aleichem's turn of the century stories themselves, you saw not only a mirror held to the Jewish Everyman but a template for the better inside us all. I like to think that Shalom Aleichem, who died in 1916 would have gladly approved of the appropriation of his character Tevye in this wonderful celebration of life. In my opinion what makes this particular story such a great celebration of life is not that it shrinks from depicting life's sometimes harsh realities, but rather one's ability to overcome them through faith, family and a recognition of the inherent beauty of life. After seeing Tevye in action, his simple eloquence, his love for his family, his courage, his humanness, you can't rightly help yourself from feeling a shared sense of appreciation for life.
La chaim, to life. In all languages, hope sounds just as good.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Beardall on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wonderful! It's the full script not a novel. It includes some wonderful pictures from the original production.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura on October 3, 2004
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I loved reading Fiddler on the Roof because of how the characters came alive in my mind. Several of the characters' actions and personalities reminded me of my family members. The theme is univeral: How do parents instill their traditions and values in their children in an constantly changing world? The protagonist, Tevye, tries to instill in his daughters his values and traditions in an increasinly violent world. As the world becomes more modernized and industrial, Tevye and the villagers start to lose some of their traditions. The story is the epitome of the Jewish struggle and persecution they have faced throughout history. Fiddler on the Roof is a must read for the young and old for its lessons about life are profound.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1999
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I loved the play. It it written with an ease and style that is not only pleasing to read, but also very smooth to perform. It is an eloquent statement about families and, of course, tradition. It offers us a view of the necessity of change and the importance that it has in society, not only then, but now as well. I would recomend that anyone interested in the Jewish way of life in the 20s and 30s in Europe, American musicals or simply in families, read this play; it will be well worth your while!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on June 18, 2008
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This moving play presents Jewish life in Tsarist Russia circa 1905. It's the story of dairyman Tevye and his family in the fictional village Anatevka. Tevye is a hard-worker who clings to his faith and traditions, and dreams of riches he'll never see. He believes he'll soon need the matchmaker to marry off his older daughters - but they soon force their more modern ideas about romance on their unhappy father. Tevye must also deal with a changing world and life in a nation with anti-Jewish hostility. The powerful script and song lyrics give readers the feel of Jewish life in Eastern Europe a century ago. Many Jews back then (like my great-grandfather) were leaving for a better chance in the USA or elsewhere; many that remained were later massacred by Hitler.

This musical opened on Broadway in 1964 with Zero Mostel in the title role; it ran over ten years with a then-record 3,242 performances. Adapted from the tales of Yiddish writer Sholom Alecheim (1859-1916), FIDDLER is a powerful tale of family, tradition, humor and sadness.
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By S. Haid on May 16, 2014
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Each song is performed with style and emotion. It matches the musical perfectly. So many of these songs are classics that it is a pleasure to listen to whenever you want to escape to Anatevka.
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The book is amazing! Everything I needed was here and was in beautiful condition. The story of Fiddler on the Roof is amazing, and now I have it forever. The pictures inside were a bonus as well.
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By Jezabelle on September 14, 2013
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Thanks, it was just what I needed. I needed this quickly for a show my daughter is and it came lickity-split!
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