Fans of Cynthia Ozick are likely already familiar with Ruth Puttermesser, whose highly educated, unlucky-in-love but rather mystical existence as a Jewish woman in New York City has been chronicled in previously published stories appearing occasionally through the years. The Puttermesser Papers collects the old stories, along with several new ones, combined to create a funny and surreal picaresque narrative, touching upon Puttermesser's job at a blueblood law firm, her creation and intellectual sparring with the golem she makes out of soil from her flowerpots, her term as mayor of New York, her own death by murder, and beyond. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Veteran novelist and essayist Ozick continues to impress with this episodic, highly imaginative, humorous exploration of the disappointed life of brilliant Jewish lawyer and scholar, Ruth Puttermesser. In her thirties, Ruth found her early success in law school quickly turning to failure as she descended through the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of New York City government. In her forties, she unwittingly creates a golem?an artificial human being derived from Hebrew folklore?who gets Ruth elected mayor of New York but soon destroys the Eden it helped create. In her fifties, Ruth finally finds a soul mate in flamboyant artist Rupert. But as soon as they get married, Rupert leaves. A master stylist with a powerful command of the English language, Ozick has created a revealing portrait of a complex woman, as well as a dark satire of government bureaucracy. Essential for literary collections and highly recommended for general collections.
-?Patricia Ross, Westerville P.L.,Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was very well written. It was an interesting treatment of a serious topic. It held my interest. The golem story was quite interesting..Published 7 months ago by burton meyer
The Puttermesser Papers, by Cynthia Ozick: The life and death of Ruth Puttermesser, a lonely aging feminist is presented in Ozick’s most famous novel, a National Book Award... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bob Kurlantzick
Cynthia Ozick's prose is gorgeous, at times almost too gorgeous. In this novel, sections of which appeared in the New Yorker as stand-alone pieces, the unmarried Jewish attorney... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Konstantin Korovyev
A bit of New York, an interesting character, crazy situation (magical realism) leavened with topicality & creativity. The book is well-crafted, and has a nice arc. Read morePublished 24 months ago by David_from_Michigan
Book-jacket blurbs worth quoting are rare, but here's one that gets its marvelous book absolutely right: "dashing originality and prose that sings like an entire choir of sirens... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Roger Brunyate
A brilliant Jewish New York lawyer, Ruth Puttermesser dreams big. At first working in New York's bureaucracy she accepts flawed politics, anti-Semitic and non-feminist policies,... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Brenda S. Dubin
I wanted to like this book but just couldn't manage it. The writing is rich and allusive, and the story begins well. Ruth is a promisingly quirky comic figure. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Honorable Mensch
Cynthia Ozick is a remarkable writer and 'The Puttermesser Papers' is a remarkable book. Clear, crisp prose reveals a plot line that will keep you reading into the night.Published on July 11, 2010 by sculler
Before I begin this review, I should state that Ozick is one of my very favorite authors. She is consistently brilliant, charming (in the sense that one is literally "charmed,"... Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by Amazon Customer