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דער בעל תשובהOnologue there s this piece of insight I know what you will say Tell the story don t preach Indeed A very profound novel of someone seeking his Religion in a changed world and the different interpretations of itI have read a Beyond Varallan few of Mr Singer s works and Iound this story very revealing Changing current happiness or a new kind of happiness on a new physical space A nationalistic dogma sounds in the book surpassed in uality by others of the author s books Never has there been a book that has expressed my sentiments so perfectly At times I could not tell whether I was reading the thoughts of someone else or my own I loved this book rom beginning to end It s perfect in every aspect I am shocked that there are reviews less than ive stars There are errant rockets iring incongruent messages in my brain right now I hated it It was brilliant What a diatribe What did you expect Dona Flor from a book called the Penitent This was SO 1969 sexual revolution It was believable It was not it was every man santasy Oh dear meBut thank goodness there s a uote on the back cover that validates my conflicted mind This Rocker Babies Wear Jeans from author Susan Hill A deeply disturbing book which will make you think uestion argue disagree by turns but will not leave you either unchanged or unmoved and whose message will remain with you perhapsorever afterwards Well I m not sure about the orever afterwards part but I can agree with the restI was hooked by the preface s irst two paragraphs In 1969 I had my Sono with Visits from the Seventh first opportunity to catch a glmpse of the Wailing Wall about which I had heard so much It looked somewhat differentrom the Wailing Wall carved on the wooden cover of my prayer book That one showed cypresses but I didn t see trees here Jewish soldiers guarded the entrance way It was daytime and a crowd of Jews of all kinds had gathered There were Ashkenzic and Sephardic Youths with earlocks hanging to their shouldersBeggars held out hands Remarkable Creatures for alms some even haggling with their benefactors The Almighty conducted business here on a twentyour hour basisI stood and looked at the Wall and at the surrounding streets which were inhabited by Arabs The houses seemed to stand as if by a miracle one looming over the next and leaning out and jostling or a better view of the stone wall that stood as a memento of the Holy Temple The sun blazed with a dry heat and everything smelled of the desert of ancient destruction and of Jewish eternityOkay Let me digress In 2012 I had the opportunity to visit the Wailing Wall an experience I will never orget There are soldiers everywhere near the entrance The wall is split in two parts one side Heroes Adrift (Hero, for women the otheror men There were many different kinds of Jews there as well as a group of Japanese tourists a choral group of African Americans Chuck and Danielle from Harlem donning bright yellow outfits and countless other world travelers and daily local penitents I remember no beggars Inact though I saw poverty up close at a Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old flea market in Tel Aviv I did not come across any panhandlers There is no street just a large area to mull about in and take photographs while waiting your turn to enter the enclosed wall area I don t so much remember seeing houses just the rooftops and walls of buildings as we left that area and continued our tour One building with a barbed wire rooftop sectioning off the Arab uarter and one with a wall containing bullet holes The sun did blaze with a dry heat But to me it held recent destruction and eternal diversity When I entered the Wailing Wall area I decided not to walk up to it but to sit on a bench against the back wall to observe Seated beside me was a 70ish woman praying in English I wasn t paying close attention to her prayers until I realized that she prayedor a woman she unable to visit Historically this seemed logical to me that she was separated in some way rom a loved one But then she said every time I try to get close to her they try to shoot my eyes out with laser beams It took some restraint to not yank my head around and say Excuse me Say what But in the same instant I could only sadly wonder what sort of traumas this woman may have suffered in her life Well that s not what this book is about at all At the wall the narrator meets a man whose story takes up the rest of the book Singer s storytelling is so convincing it s hard believe the viewpoints held within the man s tale do not mirror Singer s own philosophies I almost Skipped The Author S the author s at the end of the book but being *A Good Little Reader *good little reader I read it I am chastized This is iction And sometimes Gray Bishop fiction needs a disclaimer such asthe opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those held by the author and should not be used against himBut I still have a rub Sadly it s dated This book was written in the early 1970s The time lest anyoneorget of the sexual revolution Free sex Pickups mistresses open relationships sex on airplanes Whoa Wait a minute Meeting a young woman on an airplane and she comes on to you and you get a blanket and try to do it there I dunno So the narrator s life of adultery has ended and he boards a plane and this happens Then he gets to Tel Aviv and the women are still alling all over him He is a self made rich man who survived WWII by roaming places like Russia Now he s running away to become a penitent That s the scenarioMuch of his story relays his struggles of argumentive thought The Devil tries to lure him back to his evil sexual ways and his new ound religious self talks him out of it He rants against the society he s escaping and by the end of the book his complete transformation is revealed when he chances upon the woman he met of the plane and they discuss their now divurgent philosophies over tea It s not as shallow or cheesy as I make it sound Singer is too good of a writer He gets inside the man s mind He made me want to scream and throw the book across the room See Brillian. Lvation and his return to the Jewish aith is an indictment of our wicked times and a celebration of the power of religious beli. Pare time I ve ree lash iction all stories under 1K at my website greggbellnet I ve heard it said that in order Noir for a comedy to be effective it must be smarter than its audience With that in mind I posit that sometimes a story needs be written by a hand smarter andull of grace than the subject being discussedAnd this brings us to Isaac Bashevis Singer s novel The Penitent Though long Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are familiar with Singer and having greatly enjoyed his short story Gimpel the Fool way back in my community college dayswow that long already Time passes and she hurts this is hisirst novel I ve read to completion I ll be blunt this novel much like Saul Bellow s Selected Short Stories is saved by the writer s afterword That s not to say that Singer s considerable skill as a novelist and storyteller isn t on display in the pages proceeding the afterword but they are unfortunately deluged and hidden almost to drowning by the words of the book s protagonist Joseph ShapiroNow I hesitate to call Shapiro a bad man He in point of Gaffer fact actually voices many of the concerns that I and I imagine others have regarding modern America modern Israel modern Judaism modern everything The licentiousness the greed the materialism the artificiality Joseph Shapiro attacks all these things with gusto and passion whilst bemoaning his own success at achieving this modern dream But unfortunately he does so in uite possibly the worst way imaginable with half cocked vagaries and ambiguous but declarative claims based solely on his nostalgiaor an older better time and the good Circumstantial Evidence feelings that are stirred in his heart and mindrom said claims and vagaries the yiddish word naches Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers fits here Shapiro casts all of modernity as evil and nearly all of old religious Judaism as the palliativeor his people s collective ills the urther rom the contemporary the better This unfortunately leads to some uite disturbing revelations on behalf of Shapiro that I can only imagine Singer must have had a bit of a time reconciling in his own mind and heart And Shapiro makes the classic mistake that many new converts a bit of a joke as Shapiro was a born Jew and is in over the course of the novel relaying his story of becoming a Baal Tshuvah a penitent and born again Jew to Singer make namely gross over assumption and personalizing EVERYTHING Because Shapiro sinned sexually all of modern man has sinned sexually Because modern ideas and philosophies gave him no pleasure solace or enlightenment than naturally all the Enlightenment and every bit of non Torah sanctioned literature and philosophy is now null and void And so on and so A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping forth After theirst Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) five or so pages you know exactly where this story is going it s kind of hard not to and in a similar amount of page related time you ll begin toind Shapiro s ideas along with his voice obnoxious ignorant angry and condescending as well as judgmental than any Old Testament God But despite all these negatives I would advise you gentle reader to please stick with this admittedly slim text until its conclusion Like I said in the beginning of this

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I believe Singer was a lot smarter than his story s subject and knew just what to keep in and tell in his story And this is all to the story s benefit Maybe I was initially too close to the subject matter to see or most of singer s to see or most of Singer s on display But honestly and maybe this comes with maturity as a couple years ago a book like this would have nauseated me I enjoyed this book as a generalized depiction of one man s struggle or some kind of clarity and sense of morality in a world gone mad if not completely amoral Shapiro isn t pleasant man or even that intelligent of a man to me as he seems willfully blind to his own hypocrisies he shuns modernism embraces ultra orthodox Judaism but maintains his vegetarianism despite the contempt of his ellow orthodox Jews and THIS is an accepted rebellion but despite this and even despite himself Shapiro does come upon a handful of ideas that sound like the beginning of true knowledge even dare I say true philosophy like this honest gem But I was determined to live the way I wanted and the way I understood If this meant that I had to alienate myself rom all people it would be no tragedy either If one had to alienate myself rom all people it would be no tragedy either If one strong one could endure this as well and his ideas about the necessity of Diaspora and Exile or the Jewish spirit are ascinating as well and than worth a readIn the end though this novel is Singer s not Shapiro s and On the Right Side of a Dream for that I am ironically Biblically grateful It s the author s ideas putorward in his afterword that really codify and even justify the proceedings nowhere else artfully and beautifully accomplished than with his passage Those who dedicate their lives to serving God have often dared to uestion His justice and to rebel against His seeming neutrality in man s struggle between good and evil I eel therefore that there is no basic difference between rebellion and prayer I really like Isaac Singer which is what made this book so disappointing His character here Joseph Shapiro is self righteous judgmental and preachy and lacks the humor and humanity that Singer usually displaysThe book is basically one long pontification Here s one bitter passage of many manyEven in those days someone was being killed in New York every other day and the police never ound the perpetrator If he was Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II found the lawyers promptly bailed him out and the court laterreed him Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq for lack of evidence If a witness did show up he had to be kept in confinement to protect himrom the criminals In America as in Sodom the perpetrator went Michelin Green Guide Normandy free and the witness rotted in jail All this was done in the name of liberalism The whole worldly justice system protects the criminal and leaves the actual or potential victim at his mercy Everyone knows this but try talking about it and you re called the worst namesAt one point almost 100 pages into the Escaping the Nazi terror Shapiro went to America where he became a rich businessman and a philandering husband His searchor sa.

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Prof Harold Bloom wrote a brutal review of this short novel in 1983 was skeptical of the review I now acknowledge that Bloom was right This work is like a comic book version of Ecclesiastes I am a deep ollower of Singer This is his worst work Impressive account of one man s uest to ind out who he wants to become and how to get there Beautifully written not a word too many Absolute gem Ostensibly the revelation of one man s life delivered in confessional style charting Joseph Shapiro s rejection of all the successes sins and comforts of the modern life or a spiritual purity that can only be ound or him by reconnecting with his roots and becoming a devoted student of the Talmud A Polish born survivor of Hitler and Stalin he d settled in the US struck it rich in business kept a wife and a mistress indulged his every whim But when it all alls apart he is overwhelmed by the shallowness of who and what he d become and What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World fled to IsraelI have long been an admirer of Isaac Bashevis Singer s short stories so I came to The Penitent with high hopes And while it was nothing at all like what I d expected I can t say it disappointed me Because Singer writes beautifully this is an eminently readable book and while the plot itself is slight the pacing kept me nicely on the hook True the preaching especially towards the endinally proves overwhelming but I enjoyed the unfurling of a anatic s nature opinionated bombastic hypocritical and yet entirely human especially when dealing with the inner demons and I was pleased to ind considerable subtlety beneath the surface whitewashNot knowing all that much about the author I don t know if Joseph Shapiro is meant as a mouthpiece The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War for Singer s own observances and beliefs My impression is that he isn t though he obviously represents aaction of the Jewish Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life faithful Singer s skill here at least as I see it is in painting a portrait of an extremist and yet reflecting the truthful aspects in several of Shapiro s seemingly wildest argumentsFinally there s a short Author s Afterword that is meant I think to be taken as part of the novel that cuts to the crux of the book and the reasonor its writing The agonies and the disenchantment of Joseph Shapiro may to a degree stir a self evaluation in both believers and skeptics The remedies that he recommends may not heal everybody s wounds hut the nature of the sickness will I hope be recognized I once went through a phase where I completely disengaged rom technology I had no internet Sold my TV and vcr Got rid of all radios Even pulled the use on my car radio I d just elt like I was wasting my life via technology and wanted to live a real life And that is of course an extreme position to take but even today I ind myself being drawn to such asceticism As it turned out I was longing Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band for just such asceticism when I heard about Isaac Bashevis Singer s The Penitent I had always been a big Singeran The man writes with such wonderful honesty and he lives in a world that at times I d like to live in too A world of intense spirituality A world with powerful right and wrong delineations of morality A world of substance of deep meaning But somehow I had Missed Hearing About The Penitent When It hearing about The Penitent when it came out When I heard about it years later I snapped it up The Penitent when it came out When I heard about it years later I snapped it up s a slight book 164 lightly spaced pages in hardcover And the book is in Singer s eminently read able voice but despite having the raw material For A Compelling Story a compelling story European Jew inds his way to America where he becomes wealthy and successful and disillusioned with it all and heads back to Israel to live a authentic spiritual life the book is only episodic It s as if there is no contrast no push and pull as if it is only Singer just barely hiding behind his protagonist moralizing And if you re in need or some good moralizing I think Singer s is good moralizing indeed But Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt for a novel to work even a moralizing novel as a novel it must have the power of story working within itIf you re a Singeran you ll enjoy this book If you re not well I think there are elements of the book you will enjoy but the book as a novel not so muchAnd Singer s moralizing is strong borderline rant In today s sanitized anything goes but morality world of ours many will excoriate Singer s opinions in this book And while I of course don t agree with everything he says there is very much of what he says that resonates with me as being the truthI think of the glorification of organized crime in movies and TV shows I think of a movie like Pulp Fiction I remember seeing it with a riend and his wife and in a scene where one of the gunman accidentally shoots someone in a car very realistic violence blood splattering everywhere they were laughing I was appalled Now SingerOnly now as I speak to you do I realize how much suffering this art has caused me In order to enjoy it you must have the heart of a murderer It is completely sadistic mean and cruel I often saw Celia and Liza laughing at scenes that should ve evoked tearsAnd All worldly art is nothing but evil and degradation Through the generations writers have glorified killing and debauchery and they have all kinds of names or it romanticism realism naturalism New Wave and so on The Penitent was written over thirty years ago Is the state of art any different today Without descending into my own moralizing too Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World far anyway is not debauchery and violence being glorified today I don t even know what some of the genres are now They re categorized by initials euphemizing them as do some of theull word genres like erotica Some of the milder orms are SM and snuff genres Singer wouldn t be popular with a lot of people nowadays Nobody likes anybody telling them what s right or wrong It s all about tolerance and reedom and rights Well Singer would disagree You can read The Penitent and decide or yourself which side of the ence you re onHave a little Said by Singer to be his Sometime After Midnight favourite among all his books The Penitent is the story of Joseph Shapiro's searchor salvation After. ,

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