Bernard Malamud, born in Brooklyn, wrote seven novels and more than fifty short stories. His stories are meticulously crafted and magical, and, although he rejected the title “Jewish author,” his stories are deeply Jewish. His first collection, The Magic Barrel, won the National Book Award in 1959. Two stories from that collection will be discussed on separate evenings.
"The Magic Barrel," an early story, tells of a series of encounters between a rabbinical student and a marriage broker. Each is forced to examine the motives for his decisions and actions. Professor Alan Price will discuss "The Magic Barrel" on October 28th. Participants are encouraged to read the stories, which are readily available online and in print, beforehand.
A wine and cheese reception will follow. Requested donation of $10.
Sponsor: Congregation Ahavath Sholom