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The Assistant, Bernard Malamud’s second novel, originally published in , is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who “wants better” for. The Assistant is a novel by Bernard Malamud that was first published in See a complete list of the characters in The Assistant and in-depth analyses of. The Assistant, novel by Bernard Malamud, published in Set in Brooklyn, the novel portrays the complex relationship that develops between Morris Bober, .

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The Assistant

It made no sense. It is, in a way. This page was last edited on 9 Augustat Do you know it? Jan 16, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Your call whether you’re comfortable with that or not.

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Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it ma,amud the article. Morris and his wife Ida, the latter particularly uncomfortable with the gentile’s presence, attribute the improvement to the customers’ “preferring one of their own,” and Morris insists on offering Frank more money.

Thank you for your feedback. Morris Bober works hour days in a dire grocery, barely managing to feed himself and his wife Ida and daughter Helen. Money from a second job allows Frank to pay rent to Ida but ruins his health. In the end, the hero will be cast off when they find out his skeleton in the closet. Even his final gesture, the conversion to Judaism comes bdrnard from a desire to honour his spiritual teacher than from a religious belief.

Resta con me, storia del commesso, resta con me ancora un po’ If you are not able to distinguish between what is coming through your ears from the written lines in the book do NOT listen to the audio! Morris is remembered at his simple service as an honest man and a good Jew. In terms of the prose, it is not flashy or eye-catching, but it is wonderful. Is it observance of holidays or is it the number of times you go to the synagogue?


But Frank wants to be good, although by all evidence he is congenitally bad, and it’s Morris’s example that he follows – Morris, who insists on giving food away to those maalmud marginally poorer than himself.

He will give over all his earnings so that Helen can go to college. Sembra che la storia di sventure non abbia fine e non ci sia mai un fondo. This is more important than to steal a nickel. Invece, a tratti, ho trovato soprattutto una gran noia. The daily grind of managing is vividly portrayed. A competing grocer on the block falls on hard times, and Bober’s store benefits.

The assistant

Nov 18, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: Forse in alcuni momenti l’autore calca un po’ troppo la mano su questi aspetti, raggiungendo un effetto quasi grottesco. In any case, these two incidents could not spoil what was, for me, a truly fucking great book, an awful gut-wrenching masterpiece. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare.

Farrar, Straus and GirouxJul 7, – Awsistant – pages. Frank, on the other hand, looks first to Morris, then to Helen, as a saviour; by bernarr the grocer he thinks he can prove that he is a good man and not a low-down hoodlum, by loving Helen that he is, in fact, capable of love and capable of a genuine, nice and normal relationship.

Frank is bad enough that you’re not exactly rooting for him to have a happy ending. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and kalamud, often called the English national poet and considered…. Fa star male ‘sta roba qua. Only at this point is it revealed to the reader that Frank was the accomplice to the gunman in the holdup. Frank works industriously to improve the store’s upkeep, and his attentive service wins customers.


Simultaneously, however, he begins pilfering from the till. Frank then settles on a plan to clear his debt with Helen. View all 5 comments. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Morris, Frank e Helen. The situation is aggravated late one night when he’s held up at gunpoint in his deserted store by a pair of masked thugs. Morris turns down an arsonist’s offer to burn his home and store for the insurance money, but then builds a fire himself.

And the one that has got the biggest pain in the gut and can hold onto it the longest without running to the toilet is the best Jew. Help us improve this article! The term grail evidently denoted a wide-mouthed or shallow vessel, though its precise etymology remains uncertain. Frank is wild, he is in agony; and yet he wishes he were the Bober-type, he wishes he could accept his fate.

Un viaggio reale, uno letterario ed anche uno interiore. And in little dialogues like this one: Sometimes cheese is enough. Un tono discreto, quasi monotono, anche quando il dramma improvvisamente sconvolge le vite dei protagonisti.

He embellished it with the plot that drove me crazy.