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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437534171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437534177
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Israel Zangwill (January 21, 1864 – August 1, 1926) was a British humorist and writer. Zangwill was born in London on January 21, 1864 in a family of Jewish immigrants from Czarist Russia, to Moses Zangwill from what is now Latvia and Ellen Hannah Marks Zangwill from what is now Poland. He dedicated his life to championing the cause of the oppressed. Jewish emancipation, women's suffrage, assimilationism, territorialism and Zionism were all fertile fields for his pen. His brother was also a writer, the novelist Louis Zangwill, and his son was the prominent British psychologist, Oliver Zangwill. Zangwill received his early schooling in Plymouth and Bristol. When he was nine years old Zangwill was enrolled in the Jews' Free School in Spitalfields in east London, a school for Jewish immigrant children. The school offered a strict course of both secular and religious studies while supplying clothing, food, and health care for the scholars; today one of its four houses is named Zangwill in his honour. At this school young Israel excelled and even taught part-time, moving up to become a full-fledged teacher. While teaching, he studied for his degree in 1884 from the University of London, earning a BA with triple honours. Zangwill married Edith Ayrton, a gentile feminist and author who was the daughter of cousins Matilda Chaplin and William Edward Ayrton. In later life, his friends included well known Victorian writers such as Jerome K. Jerome and H. G. Wells. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anisia on March 18, 2012
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I wasn't in the mood to read a play, but the plot sounded intriguing, all about a Jewish musician in love with a shiksa. The interesting thing is the woman is initially anti-Semitic, but the musician comes from the same town she does in Russia, where most of his family was murdered in a pogrom years ago. His kind manner and obvious trauma turns her around--a little too quickly for me, but after all this is only a three-act play.

My only real complaint is that dialogue is written phonetically whenever someone speaks with an accent. I'd rather just be told they're speaking with a heavy German or Irish accent than have it spelled out in unintelligible dialect. Worse yet, the grandmother's lines are entirely in Yiddish without any translation. Even if she never speaks English when the play is actually performed, it would be nice to know what she's saying while just reading the thing.
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I stopped reading this play over and over waiting for the bottom to fall out--which it does--only to have it pop back in again! Written in the early 1900s, this play deals with many of the darker themes that its contemporaries do (and themes of relevance 100 years later!): class warfare, genocide, love, family relations, and racism. But it has one major difference. This play shows the spirit of someone who, though broken and battered by life, refuses to give up. It is absolutely one of my new all-time favorites. And the best part of the book may be the historical essays that follow the text and put the play in the context of its time and place. It is absolutely a must-read!
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