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I really enjoyed this book I have read the Bible, so I understood some of the references made, but I didn t understand all of them, since the Torah was mentioned and I m not Jewish I hated finding references I didn t understand, although I learned because of them.Great book The writing was brilliant and I loved it.I found some amazing quotes in this book that I have to share as Jacob looked about him, he saw that the community observed the laws and customs involving the Almighty, but broke the code regulating man s treatment of man with impunity part 1 ch 6 pg 117 All of these creatures knew what was expected of them None sought to rebel against its Creator Man alone acted viciously part 1 ch 6 pg 125 Coupling was the universal act underlying everything Torah, prayer, the Commandments, God s holy names themselves were mysterous unions of the male and female principles part 1 ch 7 pg 133 He continued to walk How strange and feeble was man Surrounded on every side by eternity, in the midst of powers, angels, seaphim, cherubim, arcane worlds, and divine mysteries, all he could lust for was flesh and blood Yet man s smallness was no less a wonder than God s greatness part 1 ch 7 pg 136 If Father Abraham was a saint, why did he drive Hagar and Ishmael into the desert with a gourd of water part 2 ch 8 pg 157 Good question As Jacob walked, his shadow paced with him, a double shadow, composed of a light shell and a dark kernel part 2 ch p ch 198 They want to be kind to God and not to man but what did God need of man and his favors What does a father want from his children but that they should not do injustice to each other part 2 ch 10 pg 219 But now he at least understood his religion its essence was the relation between man and his fellows part 2 ch 11 pg 247 At the edge of the horizon to his left a forest stretched like a sash of blue, and emerging from it like the head of a newborn child, small and bloody red, came the sun part 2 ch 11 pg 252 The grave is a bed, he thought, a most comfortable bed If men knew this, they would not be so fearful part 2 ch 11 pg 255 behind the law, there is mercy Without mercy, there would be now law part 2 ch 11 pg 265 Not death, but suffering was the real enigma What place did it have in God s Creation part 2 ch 12 pg 278. I have not yet read anything by I B Singer I did not love The Slave is no exception Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978 and always wrote in Yiddish until his death in 1991, in Surfside, FL.After all my reading this year about slavery in America, I come to this reminder that slavery is as old an institution as prostitution Both seem to be inherent in the human story The Slave is an epic in 311 pages Jacob was a learned and pious Jew, son of wealthy parents, who found himself a slave to a farmer in a remote mountain village His birthplace, Josefov, was a Polish town that lay in the path of Ukrainian Cossacks in the 17th century The ensuing massacres had cleared the town of Jews Jacob fled, thinking his parents, wife and children dead, then fell into the hands of robbers who sold him into slavery Though he desperately strove to stay true to his faith, Jacob began to love the farmer s daughter Wanda was a step above her environment, a practically prehistoric milieu of pagan superstition, tooth and claw existence, and rural poverty But she was a Gentile and therefore forbidden Her passion for him finally overcame his religious scruples and they planned to escape.Of course, that plan fell through on the first attempt Jacob s life from then on is one of perils and his search for redemption, taking him all the way to Israel as part of the early Zionist movement, at last reuniting with Wanda, and on to his final days where he finds peace and wisdom.Besides being a beautiful love story, the novel is also a contemplation of the place of religion in human society including the contradiction that it condemns believers who do not follow its commandments while it honors the phenomenon that spirituality can lift us above our animal nature The result is a timeless tale.How interesting that Singer published a novel called The Slave just as the Civil Rights Movement was catching fire in America, his adopted country since 1935. Popular Books, By Isaac Bashevis Singer This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book , Essay By Isaac Bashevis Singer Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I realize that this is a love story What I found charming about this particular love story is that I couldn t understand why it was called one That is, until the end The end is beautiful I ve read so many endings endings that end with a sigh, with a cry, or with a laugh But this one was perfect I must admit I was sleepy when I read that last sentence, but I don t think I could ve reacted to the finish of this book anyways It was perfect.Like I said, for me, this was mostly a I realize that this is a love story What I found charming about this particular love story is that I couldn t understand why it was called one That is, until the end The end is beautiful I ve read so many endings endings that end with a sigh, with a cry, or with a laugh But this one was perfect I must admit I was sleepy when I read that last sentence, but I don t think I could ve reacted to the finish of this book anyways It was perfect.Like I said, for me, this was mostly a story on humanity On how complex and hideous humanity can be, but how sometimes God and good shine through and how misunderstood that can be Jacob never thought of himself as good he lived with the assurance that he would go to hell because he had married Wanda, or Sarah, and thus he was resigned Having determined that he would go to hell, he could have been as evil and corrupt as he wanted But he was so good, so perfectly good that it becomes unbelievable, laughably novel like This is, by the way, the only fault I can find in the book And the beauty of the main character s disposition gives the whole tale so much bitter sweetness The love story is opaqued.Also, Isaac Bashevis Singer is a genius This is the first novel of his I have read I had read short stories before, such as In my Father s Court I don t know if it s the brilliance of the translation, but I think that there were some passages that one truly had to re read, because the language used was heart wrenching, the landscapes painted fairy like How rare and beautiful that is.All in all, this was a book that, although smeared with tragedy, was beautiful I think I may have to reread it. This is another of Casey s books for school this next year I loved it I wish I could be a fly in the wall to hear the discussions they will have in class about the book It is the story of Jacob who is a Jew, is sold as a slave after the massacres of Chmielnicki in the 17th Century Jacob s wife and children and most of his family were murdered He is kept as a slave for five years on a mountainside in Poland Here he falls in love with Wanda, his owner s daughter, who is a widow herself And, he tries to continue in his beloved faith the best he can remember it He is ransomed and freed and returned to his home town However, he finds that his years as a slave have changed him forever He misses Wanda so much, he returns to find her They run away together which begins another kind of slavery It is against the law to convert a Gentile to be a Jew, and it is also against the law for a Jew to hide as a Gentile, both being punishable by death They love each other so much they choose to live as Jews However, Wanda has to become the deaf, mute Sarah so as to not betray their deception In doing so, the people think she is deaf so they do not hide their real feelings for their neighbors and friends I find their observations so appropriate for here and now Some of my favorite quotes Yes, men and women who would rather have died than break the smallest of these ritualistic laws, slandered and gossiped openly, and treated the poor with contempt Scholars lorded it over the ignorant the elders divided privileges and preferments among themselves and their relatives and exploited the people generally But, when Jacob entered the study house he met them all the angry, the haughty, the obsequious, the crooked They prayed and schemed, erected tall towers of legalism while they broke God s commandments Pg 118 Piety was the cloak for envy and avarice The Jews had learned nothing from their ordeal rather suffering had pushed them lower Pg 119 The years of slavery had estranged him from life he looked healthy, but was shattered within He kept rummaging in the cabala and leafing through books of philosophy Sometimes he was overwhelmed by the desire to flee, but he didn t know where He doubted everything, with, as the saying goes, the kind of doubt which the heart does not share with the lips Pg 119 Despite the thirty odd years he had lived in the world, Jacob was continually astonished at how many Jews obeyed only one half of the Torah The very same people, who strictly observed the minor rituals and customs which were not even rooted in the Talmud, broke without thinking twice the most sacred laws, even the Ten Commandments They wanted to be kind to God and not to man but what did God need of man and his favors What does a father want from his children but that they should not do injustice to each other Pg 219 I am rarely as enad by a prose as I am with Singer s In his earthy storytelling, where nothing is spared, where one gets the full arch of a story, populated with everything human experience can hold, one gets the satisfaction of a full course meal, unlike the trimmed down fast food of the po mo or experimental kind We journey with Joseph, a Jew sold in slavery, for decades as his love for Wanda, a gentile, grows into something beyond passion, challenging and get challenged by the epoch, as we see them form a strange family, always threatened by people and tradition, and the hovering shadow of the attacking Cossacks This is Poland of centuries past And we witness it with every changing season Every creature and every vegetation we encounter has a connection with the larger narrative, and we wonder how an entire culture, a way of the people is preserved in this novel Where does storytelling this rich come from Not from technique, but from the belly of a writer who has digested his experiences well. Another time and place with which I was not previously familiar 17th century Poland, the Jewish population is treated horrendously They are displaced, murdered, sold into slavery Not only has Jacob been subjected to this treatment by others, his relationship with a Gentile woman gets him into hot water with his own Peoples There are many, many questions about faith and what it means to be faithful and to have a relationship with God The writing was beautiful and I found myself struggling to put it down. Following the Chmielnicki massacres of the seventeenth century, A religious Jew becomes a slave in a Polish mountain village He tries to live in this strange environment, withstanding temptations, keeping the Jewish religion customs The villagers consider him strange and want him to become a Christian When he refuses again and again, they aim to harm him.This book has everything in it A shocking description of the life of the Jews in Poland at that time and the atrocities that they suffer from.A picture of the Jewish customs, life, philosophy and similar.Many references and comparison to the Bible and characters in the Bible.A love story.One of the main themes in the book is criticism of the double standards of the Jewish community On one hand they are very pious in relation to the religious rules that concern the relationship between man and God They invent new constraints and make a big fuss over any case of breaking these constraints.On the other hand, the leaders both civilian and religious are corrupt, they cheat and steal and lie They get rich from exploiting the poor people and hardly do anything to support the victims of the massacres.My feeling and it is just my feeling concerning this criticisms is that some of it the exaggeration of observing all the religious rules that are between the believer and God is aimed at the orthodox religious Jews of the time the book was written, and the seventeenth century story is just a cover. A rich, poignant, deep, tragic and somber novel of love, faith and spirituality Four years after the Chmielnicki massacres of 1648 in which tens of thousands of Jews were massacred by Cossack hordes, a pious Jew Jacob, exists as a slave ,captured during the massacres in the mountains of Poland for gentile, peasants Treated like a beast, he is shown mercy and tenderness by his master s beautiful daughter Wanda, who he falls in love with.When he returns to how own Jewish town, Jacob cannot forget Wanda and brings her back to his home as a convert to Judaism But as conversion was forbidden in that time and place, he cannot reveal her gentile birth and to cover up this, and not let this be revealed by her Polish accent, he must pass her off as a mute Her name is now Sarah.Despite her great reservoir of kindness, and piety she is ill treated by most of the community Jacob has to also forebear the capricious cruelty of the local Polish nobleman Adam Pilsidsky Before Wanda dies in childbirth she reveals that she is of gentile birth As a result of pressure from the narrow minded hypocrites within the community especially the execrable Gershon, Sarah is given a donkey s burial, and the baby boy she has delivered declared not a part of the community But he is looked after by a good hearted couple and is fetched by his father who takes him to the Land of Israel 20 years pass before Jacob returns and a great miracle takes place to show that Sarah s Wanda soul was indeed that of a daughter of Israel Full of spiritual phenomena, as well as the rich superstitions of the time, this novel will excite those interested in such subjects and is a classic and jewel of Jewish literature by a master in that craft. This is a stunning work I can t do it justice But I ll try with what enfeebled abilities I have But first the whole story I got this book and took too long to read it.I first became a serious reader in my mid to late high school years I remember it was George Orwell and Anthony Burgess who, first, introduced to me the idea that books could be than just fodder thrown by unfulfilled public school teachers at a sneering and half conscious student body to keep them busy and adhere to arbitrary academic standards Orwell s Animal Farm and 1984 as well as Burgess A Clockwork Orange were the first novels to evidence the ability of literature to cut deep and excite, to teach and to terrify, and, most profoundly, entertain and revivify From there I slowly made my winding way through the annals of many books Not as many as I d like, not as many as some friends both current and former but many enough to whittle away hours, months, days, years And amid all that I took slow steps into the realm of Jewish Fiction There was no direction, no guiding ethos, I just read what I could find and what was recommended to me Philip Roth was a perverted and neurotic maestro of prose, Saul Bellow was a bloviating dilettante not without his share of genius, Kafka was the patron saint of Jewish misery and the guilt without source Of course Norman Mailer was the robber baron of arrogance and unparalleled literary ambition And then the Jews of European and Israeli origins The list goes on But with all of that the name Isaac Bashevis Singer popped up in random spots, a soft whisper resonant of a Jewish life and mentality that had all but ceased to be This need be evidenced no than by his choice and superb ability to write in Yiddish Not English, not German, not Hebrew, but Yiddish a writer of the old language, emblematic of diaspora and all that came with it And that he was awarded the nobel prize of literature and a Jew of orthodoxy and a vegetarian to boot only added to his mystique and appeal.So I read Singer s Gimpel the Fool and enjoyed it Much later I read The Penitent which, while skillfully written, was unfortunately brought down by the noxious pedantry and sententious elitism of its protagonist But all along his novel The Slave remained on the backburner A or less self published novelist, an American Jew living in Israel who become very religious and conservative, derided the novel as well written but borderline pornographic Having been at the stage where I was just simply angry, I bought the book almost as an act of spite against a man I d never met but who seemed to embody the worst of my then current neuroses and shortcomings, and dreams and aspirations as well But years have gone by and my obsessions and weaknesses have shifted And still The Slave remained on my perpetual to read pile.When I finally sat down to read the book I consumed it quickly and deeply The story of Jacob the Polish Jew who is sold into slavery after a horrific pogrom that leaves most of his family dead and his village destroyed, is told in bitter but never embittered terms It s a superb recitation of a black historical incident Jacob is exiled to the Polish mountains where he barely ekes out an existence among people who, at best, distrust him, and, at worst, want him dead for the crime of living But still Jacob maintains, to the best of his ability, his religious Jewish life This would have been and could have been a monastic tale of personal strength in a time of diaspora but Singer introduces the love interest the non Jewish Polish woman Wanda, who proves to be the impetus for Jacob s transformation into one the most tragic, beautiful, and fully realized protagonists in world Jewish literature.Singer pulls no punches here The non Jewish Poles are depicted in various states of savagery and depredation, as well as with spots of humanity belying their downtrodden circumstances Jacob s fellow Jews are trenchantly delineated with a similarly even hand, showing both the beauty and the hypocrisy inherent within the Jewish religious lifestyle under the aegis of ambivalent at times and evil at times host culture The true characters in this work are Jacob and Wanda later Sarah who, through their doomed love and passionate dedication to each other, create a tableau of such meaning and profundity that s hard to believe this book isn t at the top of best of lists.Jacob and Wanda, for me, represent the ethereal and complex, the damning and revelatory aspects of love better than anything I ve yet read They aren t meant to be And they will be torn from each other and destroyed But like a postlapsarian Adam and Eve, theirs is a love of creation amid a dark world of Lilith and Satan, a fire to be snuffed but to shine brilliantly while it can.This is a sad novel But it possesses a nobility and an elan in form I ve never seen before It s human It s love made real in all its maddening perplexities and hypocrisies Read this if you want a taste of what it is to love, be damned by that love, but to love anyway, because it s human, and the joy is the misery is the joy.