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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (802 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer Narrator: Theodore Bikel Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Widely considered one of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s most notable works of short fiction, “Gimpel the Fool” was originally written in Yiddish. It was later translated into English by Saul Bellow and appeared in the 1953 edition of Partisan Review. The story, a parable, tells of a foolish, unlucky baker named Gimpel, who is constantly tricked and heckled by other villagers. His follies ultimately reveal a moral lesson.

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  • “Sparkling and triumphant, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s stories are filled with wonder, gratitude, humor, irony, and a wry eroticism that manages to exalt the pleasures of the flesh and the soul at the same time.”

    Washington Post Book World, praise for the author

  • “Singer is a genius. He has total command of his imagined world.”

    New Republic, praise for the author

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/8/2014

    " This book is a surprise read. I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by gretl glick | 1/23/2014

    " i liked it so much i named my dog after the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jgknobler | 1/15/2014

    " Singer writes in various stories about the concept of a town or a family being taken over by the devil, by evil. Indeed one of these stories, "The Gentleman from Cracow," seems virtually identical to "Satan in Goray," which I read a few years back. Somehow this externalization of evil feels wrong to me, or at least unhelpful. No one is really responsible for anything: the devil made me do it. Writing just a few years after the war and the holocaust, could Singer really see things in these terms? Of course the depiction of small-town Jewish life in Poland has plenty of charm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty Davis | 1/9/2014

    " I read this many years ago while living on a kibbutz in Israel. He is a great story teller and I learned a lot about Jewish folklore, the Kabul, and eastern Europe during that time period.It's a quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–1991) was the author of many novels, stories, children’s books, and memoirs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction in 1989.