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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At their most achieved Malamud’s short fictions have the feel of Marc Chagall paintings.

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Surely we can expect a rabbi to support at least the fundamental parts of the law. He had a vivid impression that he had met her before, but try as he might he could bernwrd place her although he could almost recall her name, as he had read it in her own handwriting.

As a Jewish writer working not long after World War II, Malamud and the rest of the world obviously had some big issues to wrestle with. By which might be meant a bigger or more affluent one.

Why is it called The Magic Barrel?

This is my baby, my Stella, she should burn in hell. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, all because of the ending – it made me question what I thought I ‘knew’ about the story. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

The Fascists sent us there. The wasted ex-coffee salesman, the harassed landlord, the loner rabbinical student, they all se Notes on a Narrow Slice of Life So who could say that Bernard Malamud didn’t write bqrrel Bernard Malamud is one of the famous people Corvallis can claim.

Bernard Malamud, is one of the innumerable Jewish writers who have won prestigious awards, among others such as Philip Roth and Joseph Heller, whose work are not only highly regarded within literary circles but also receive much critical acclaim and enjoy tremendous bernar internationally, with this anthology, which won the National Book Award, being no different. Perhaps he was unaware of some of the possible readings of his barrep. Yeshivah, in Hebrew, means a place of study.


This is why to me she is dead now. Superb, beautifully crafted stories of marriage brokers, lovelorn shoemakers, angels and innocents abroad. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Obedience will bring redemption.

The Magic Barrel

barrrel They meet frustration, failure, death or disappointment, they are deflected from any purpose they might have once had. We have come to the point where the choosing of evil is considered a positive good— just as Leo considered it.

A match made in heaven or in hell? The stories are set in New York and in Italy where Malamud’s alter ego, the struggleing New York Jewish Painter Arthur Fidelman, roams amid the ruins of old Europe in search of his artistic patrimony ; they tell of egg candlers and shoemakers, matchmakers, and rabbis, in a voice that blends vigorous urban realism, Yiddish idiom, and a dash of artistic barrrel.

The analysis presented above uses a great deal of direct textual evidence such as breaking of various rules barrsl 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 bbarrel as a rabbi.

He engages the services of Salzman, who shows Finkle a number of potential brides from his “magic barrel” but with each picture Finkle grows more uninterested. It really is marvelous, absolutely perfect.

Ah, this is a book about life all right, but it’s a book in which the vision is almost tunnel vision. In another generation, it may totally die out.

Feb 16, Myles rated it really liked it Shelves: Stella is condemned so as to make her more attractive to Leo. Each of the much vernard cards from Salzman’s “magic barrel” represent a person whose aloneness is a counterpart of his own.

He approaches Salzman, a poverty-ridden matchmaker who smells of fish, who wears old clothes, and whose suggested brides are not shall we say big winners. The story is divided into five sections overtly, that is, by spaces on the page.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. There is evidence that Leo does not understand the morality of sex at all. This really is one of the strangest stories I have ever read. Hoffer compares the five-part structure of the story to the Torah the first five books of the Old Testamentthe sacred text of Judaism and claims that Leo has broken a majority of the ten tge.

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That there is abundant evidence is made clear below. We can only conclude, following this line of reasoning, that eventually Leo consciously chooses evil and turns his back on God Whom he said he did not love anyhow. The endings of the stories are varied, from unfortunate to funny to content, and they do leave us with a “moral of magif story” though of a more mature quality than childhood fables. At a used-car lot he would no doubt kick the tires and play the role of a discriminating consumer; at the matchmaker’s he eyes magkc new prospect with similar suspicions.

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud

There ought to be more examples of law magci tradition breaking, since Leo is the great Law-Breaker rather than a Moses or Law-Giver. He wrote fiction that has a notable place in American literature, and he wrote some of it just a few blocks from this theatre.

Apparently Malamud did not have a specific analogue in mind, but the concept is quite clear; it is a bernarx which produces surprises, usually inexhaustible quantities or unique qualities, or both.