The Complete Stories

The Complete Stories

eBook - 1997
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New York Times Notable Book of the Year
P ublishers Weekly Best Book of 1997

With an Introduction by Robert Giroux, The Complete Stories of Bernard Malamud is "an essential American book," Richard Stern declared in the Chicago Tribune when the collection was published in hardcover. His praise was echoed by other reviewers and by readers, who embraced the book as they might a displaced person in one of Malamud's stories, now returned to us, complete and fulfilled and recognized at last. The volume gathers together fifty-five stories, from "Armistice" (1940) to "Alma Redeemed" (1984), and including the immortal stories from The Magic Barrel and the vivid depictions of the unforgettable Fidelman. It is a varied and generous collection of great examples of the modern short story, which Malamud perfected, and an ideal introduction to the work of this great American writer.

Publisher: ©1997
New York : Noonday Press, [1998, 1997]
Edition: First Noonday paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781429930895
1429930896
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 634 pages)
Additional Contributors: Giroux, Robert

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jackhwolf
Jan 01, 2019

As a devotee of his contemporary Isaac Bashevis SInger, a writer of the same Jewish immigrant experience of the early 20th century, this was my first taste of Malamud and I was disappointed. Many of the stories were very slow moving and not that interesting - a fair amount of pathos as with the failing store owners of the depression era, but not much joy and whatever scandal fairly tame stuff from one accustomed to SInger. He does know how to tell a story, the craft is there, it just isn't that exciting.

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johncruse
Aug 17, 2014

While "The Lady of The Lake" is the best story many of the other stories are great.

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hertz
Jul 17, 2011

Unforgettable characters reappear throughout many of his stories. I still remember his likable "Jew Bird" complaining about "anti-Semeets."
This author is a master of his craft. Locales include NYC of course, but also an artistic journey to Venice, relayed in dazzling imagery.

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