Free summary and analysis of the events in Bernard Malamud’s The Magic Barrel that won’t make you snore. We promise. Complete summary of Bernard Malamud’s The Magic Barrel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Magic Barrel. Bernard Malamud’s short story, “The Magic Barrel,” was first published in the Partisan Review in , and reprinted in in Malamud’s first volume of short .

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I was fully engaged from the first page and finished the collection feeling satisfied by each story.

Finkle seems to follow this doctrine, as he abandons social custom in favor of passion and love. Having read The FixerI can see how these stories are rudimentary exercises in short fiction, with the quality of being bedside stories or myths. In much of Malamud’s early fiction ironic affirmations become an essential part of his aesthetic, as if movements toward moral change are not enough magi total regeneration is not possible.

A writer in the Jewish-American tradition, Malamud wrote stories that explore issues and themes central to the Jewish community. How can he love God if he does not love man?

Why is it called The Magic Barrel?

In a few sentences he makes fully formed characters with desires, motives and conflicts. I chose to go back and re-read the original collection.

Return to Book Page. The collection sold well, and was praised by reviewers for its honesty, irony, and acute perception of the moral dilemmas of American Jews.

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Leo looks at it a moment, then lets out a cry of love. If reading fiction critically is a menage a trois of narrative, aesthetics, and thematics, then I have more or less mastered the first two and too often ignore the third.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is not a bride for a rabbi. A recompensa de um homem a quem desabam em cima todos os males do mundo Love, I have said to myself, should be a by-product of living and worship rather than its own end. At their most achieved Malamud’s short fictions have the feel of Marc Chagall paintings.

They meet frustration, failure, death or disappointment, they are deflected from any purpose they might have once had. Feb 24, Judy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Aug 21, David rated it it brnard amazing. A job is, most obviously, a way to live.

Miller has suggested a persuasive way out of this dilemma: Pinye Salzman is not only a matchmaker as colorful as Finkle is drab, but he is also the catalyst who forces Finkle to see how sterile, how spiritually impoverished, his life has been. As a Jewish writer working bednard long after World War II, Malamud and the rest of the world obviously had some big issues to wrestle with.

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The analysis presented above uses a great deal of direct textual evidence such as breaking of various rules to show that Leo is the opposite of a high-level rabbi and it uses direct textual evidence for parallels between the story and the Pentateuch, that which Leo studied for years and that which he would be expected to teach as a rabbi.

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Sara dreams of receiving a secular American education and becoming a teacher, but to do so she must defy the will of her father: Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. At the time I’d never heard of Malamud before, but the cover designed by Milton Glaser was striking with its colorful and clunky illustrations of flowers yellowchalices orangekeys greenstars again with the yellow and chairs again with the green set against a pink background.


You never get bored. The conclusion of this analysis is that Malamud as master craftsman and Malamud as artist of vision has created for us a powerful short story which will stand the test of time as a classic of our century.

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So now we look to Leo. Stories that begin with an account of the main character, including their profession, disposition, economic status, family descriptions, etc. Numbers stresses that disobedience receives its due reward, but repentance results in pardon and restoration. Amazon Inspire Mabic Educational Resources. Near the end of the story Finkle himself recognizes that Salzman has perhaps planned this outcome from their first encounter. Feature for feature, even some of the ladies of the photographs could do better; but she lapsed forth to this heart–had malzmud, or wanted to–more than just wanted, perhaps regretted how she had lived–had somehow deeply suffered: The understanding and art of Salzman have brought about a prospect of happiness.

Aug 31, Jerry Pogan rated it it was amazing. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It won the U. Leo spends the next day restless and unsettled, wondering if he should try another matchmaker or if he should find a wife on his own.

In he received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.