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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sholem Aleichem Narrator: Theodore Bikel Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593971571
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Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the buoyant, ingenious, compassionate, resilient, irrepressible, anxious, philosophical, God-loving, God-fearing, Bible-quoting dairyman whose life embodies the existence of a Jew in Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

This program presents six of the eight Tevye stories, which span the period from 1894 to 1914. It includes Today's Children, Hodl, Chava and Lekh Lekho--the four tales that provided the genesis for the enchanting, enduring musical Fiddler on the Roof--in addition to Tevye Strikes It Rich and Tevye Blows a Small Fortune.

Sholem Aleichem brought to his writing an amazing mixture of giddy energy, a recklessness of language and emotion, and a dizzying sweep of wildly funny and wrenchingly painful scenes. The tales of Tevye's adventures, pleasures and sorrows, as told in this brilliant reading by Theodore Bikel--who to millions around the world is Tevye--to vibrant life the simple and joyous, yet precarious and sometimes outright dangerous, history of Russian Jewry during a time of sweeping historical, familial and religious change.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 2/8/2014

    " I love this book! These short stories are funny, moving, and always entertaining glimpses into the author's impressions of life around the turn of the century. These are the type of stories you read again and again, each time getting something new out of them. Well done, Sholem Aleichem! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eric yoo | 1/3/2014

    " The Dairyman stories were great. Tevye is one of the most likeable and charismatic character I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 11/19/2013

    " I really liiked these stories. Humor and sadness mixed together. And, of course, who doesn't like Fiddler on the Roof? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 6/14/2013

    " The original "Fiddler on the Roof" stories, and some bonuses. Great stuff from a great writer, and - unlike the (also excellent) musical inspired by it - not schmaltzy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Kintisch | 6/12/2013

    " Hard to believe but it might just be better than "Fiddler on the Roof." Let me name-drop for a second -- I recently saw the original Tevye in a Catskills performance! The best lyrics from "If I Were a Rich Man" come verbatim from the original stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 6/12/2013

    " Great sense of humor...I read Tevye the Dairyman, but ditched The Railroad Stories after the first few chapters; it was moving too slowly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 4/22/2013

    " Loved the Tevye stories! Didn't enjoy the railroad stories as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Rumbly Bunny | 3/23/2013

    " Didn't finish The Railroad Stories, but did enjoy Tevye The Dairyman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poiema | 12/25/2012

    " This is the book that inspired the famous musical Fiddler on the Roof. It is a collection of short stories that will make you laugh out loud. Great Yiddish humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne | 12/4/2012

    " Oh well... Not Fiddler on the Roof "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jordan | 1/11/2012

    " The story goes that when Sholem Aleichem met Mark Twain, Twain said "I heard that you're the Yiddish Mark Twain." To which SA replied, "funny, I heard that you were the American Sholem Aleichem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 7/6/2011

    " Very funny collection of stories; highly recommend for anyone into Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mark | 6/13/2011

    " Aleichem's perfect genre is the short story and these are his best; funny and sad even in the same sentence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis Ian | 5/6/2008

    " Only not a 5 because I can't read Yiddish well enough to know how good the translations are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 10/24/2006

    " Good book that leads to plenty of things to contemplate and discuss, entertaining read. Full Review Here "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trenton Judson | 2/15/2006

    " This book is a perfect mix of all the great things that make for a wonderful story. There is laughter, satire, mythology, tears, and politics. I am so surprised that I haven't heard of this before, just a damn wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britta | 11/16/2005

    " Read Adrian's review. He sums this book up very well. I have yet to read the Railroad stories, but I plan om revisiting them at a future date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/26/2005

    " The one where chronically unlucky protagonists have their faith tested by terrible misfortune. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/3/2004

    " The basis for Fiddler on the Roof, this was a fun read and a good book for introducing readers to the feel of Jewish life in tzarist Russia, a period that still influences Jewish life today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Park | 4/3/2001

    " A hilarious book! This is what Fiddler of the Roof is based off of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Winn | 3/30/2001

    " Hilarious and satirical. Sholem Aleichem's critique of country living Jews is not entirely subtle, but quite well written. I loved this book and would readily recommend it any of my friends. "

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About the Author
Author Sholem Aleichem

Sholem Aleichem is the pen name of Sholem Rabinovitch (1859–1916), the most beloved writer in Yiddish literature. Born in Russia, he fled the pogroms and immigrated to New York in 1905.

About the Narrator

Theodore Bikel (1924–2015) was an award-winning stage and screen actor, an activist for civil rights and progressive causes worldwide, and a singer whose voice won him critical acclaim. Some of his credits include The Defiant Ones, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof.