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Tevye's Daughters: Collected Stories of Sholom Aleichem Paperback – November 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Sholom Aleichem Family (November 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929068034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929068036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sholem Aleichem, the pen name for Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich, was born March 2, 1859 in Pereyaslav in Ukraine near Kiev. He died May 13, 1916 in New York City and 100,000 people attended his funeral. He is buried on Old Mount Carmel Cemetery in Queens. There is a statue of him in Kiev. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Helen S Kurzban on July 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Most of the stories were written by Sholem Aleichem in the early 1900's. They are about Tevye, the dairyman and his daughters and Jewish life in a small town in Russia. Some of the stories became the basis of "Fiddler on the Roof". The very best story is "Chava" about his daughter who marries out of the faith. It is a real tea-jerker."Modern Children" and "Hodel" will also hit home, today. This book gives the reader a picture of what it was like to live in a small town in Russia, as a Jew, one hundred years ago. Sholem Aleichem writes in a clear, easy to read style, with compassion and understanding of human emotions. The translation is an excellent one. A must read for young and old even if you are not Jewish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on January 28, 2013
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It's surprising how much the popular musical "Fiddler on the Roof" captured the spirit of these stories. There's the gentle humor of Tevye's persistent quoting and misquoting of scripture. There are his occasional daydreams of what it would be like to be a "rich man" - and then his return to reality and his abiding in what would doubtless be his perennial lot as a deliverer of dairy goods.

However, not all of these stories involve Tevye and his attempts to get his seven beautiful daughters well-married. Some of the short stories included in this book involve other characters who pass through the last days of small town Czarist Russia. There's the talkative man from Buenos Aires who won't reveal exactly what he deals in to his traveling companion on the train. There's a chess player who, at the mercy of either maliciousness or mistake, is imprisoned after being summoned to engage the Czar with his chess skills. There's the man with an overflowing house full of children - all of them brilliant scholars - all of them supported by the one working member of the family, a son-in-law who is a simple fish merchant.

But whether involving Tevye or others, all these stories are slice-of-life chronicles, without elaborately crafted plots, tricky twist endings, or pointed morals. They just pass unassumingly down the pathways of the reader's consciousness, leaving sepia trails of recollection, like old photographs.

In among Tevye's many dumpling extrapolations from the Talmud, there are some real well-wrapped kreplachs of wisdom. He says that the trouble begins when people start to call land "territory" - and then proceed to kill each other over possession of it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ekin-Wood on October 17, 2007
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This book (second of three) was purchased as part of a study prior to a production of 'A Fiddler on the Roof'. It proved invaluable and provided background to the way of life and conditions during the period of the musical play. A Must for all Directors and cast.
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