06 July, 2007

Two novels by I B Singer

I really enjoyed Isaac Bashevis Singer's The certificate: it was funny and touching and I thought it described the anxieties of poverty very well. Enemies: a love story is IB Singer's first book set in America, among Holocaust survivors, and I thought that was very good too. It's a strange story of a bigamist, in some ways almost farcical, but the shadow of the Holocaust hangs too heavily over all of the characters to let it be funny: all of them are consumed with paranoia and desperation. [42]

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