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Gimpel the Fool: Stories Paperback – October 1, 1988
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'The Spinoza of Market Street' is the story of an impossible love. It is the story of redemption and rebirth of body and soul through human kindness and caring. It is the story of an old philosopher lost in his dreams of Spinoza who is nursed back into life as man by a caring lonely unattractive woman. It is story of hope and of the redemption of the human soul.
How beautiful and deep these two great stories, how they give food and hope for body and soul.
Singer is for me the greatest of all storywriters. I feel a special love for the Jewish world of characters he so wonderfully creates. The title- story 'Gimpel' is the story of a baker's assistant, an innocent slow- minded person of faith who though he is endlessly used and exploited by others continues to have trust and faith. He is deceived into marriage, and deceived repeatedly by his wife, knocked on the head everywhere, and yet his innocence, his trust do not abandon him. His holy love has a beauty about it which deeply moves to sympathy , to laughter and to tears.
Reading this story will I believe make most readers feel more deeply human , and make them sense more strongly the paradoxical beauty and greatness of life.
I would recommend these stories more as a historical portrait of Jewish life and culture in a bygone age, rather than on their stylistic merits or ability to prompt self-reflection. What I couldn't help noticing was that unlike with most books I read, I did not feel compelled to write down a single quotation. Now no doubt some of the fault is mine as a reader; perhaps I am too much a product of my time. But to answer the question left in my mind about Singer's greatness, and discover the reason for his award, I think I will have to read some of his other work.
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I am amazed at the output coming from this one mans fertile mind. he is an artesian well of literature that simply will not stop flowing. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by mtn. theologian
Great literature, and excellent service. I do resent being told how to compse this and how many words I must write to have my message relayed. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Dr. Murray H. Lichtenstein
When I first learn about this book, I was in college. At first I thought that Gimpel the Fool would be like some of the other stories that I have read by authors like him from the... Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Adrianmurphy
"Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories" was originally published in 1953, and contains ten short stories rife with Singer's unique fictional voice - full of meditations on mortality,... Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by A Certain Bibliophile