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Where to get Audio of the Magic Barrel

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Bernard Malamud was born on April 26. 1914. He was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. This has provided him the background for his works.
“Of course it would cost something, but he was an expert in cutting corners; and when there were no more corners left he would make circles rounder.”
“She is not for you. She is a wild one--wild, without shame. This is not a bride for a rabbi.”

Kudos to you, if you are able to recognize the author of the aforesaid quotes. Yes, you have thought correctly. These quotes have been taken from a famous short story collection The Magic Barrel written by Bernard Malamud.

Bernard Malamud was born on April 26. 1914. He was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. This has provided him the background for his works. Many of his award-winning novels and short story collections such as The Assistant, The Fixer, and Dubin’s Lives, treat theme of Jewish life. His stories were often told as parables with overcharging motifs of sin and spiritual redemption. His work earned him a reputation as one of the most profound, probing, and rigorous storytellers of the century. He was one of the best known American Jewish authors of the 20th century. He won National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1986.

The Magic Barrel is a collection thirteen short stories written by Bernard Malamud and published in 1958 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It includes stories such as The First Seven Years, The Mourners, The Girl of My Dreams, Angel Levine, Behold the Key, Take Pity, The Prison, The Lady of the Lake, A Summer's Reading, The Bill, The Last Mohican, the Loan, and The Magic Barrel. The story ‘The Mourners’ is about poor Jews whose suffering transcends the particular to become universal. The story is set in a cheap rooming house whose landlord and janitor join forces to evict a poor and aged Jewish tenant. And the story ends with the landlord being morally transformed by the sight of his tenant’s misery.

If you are a fan of Bernard Malamud, you can get an audio recording of this story narrated by the writer himself. Malamud reads with such a grace that adversaries emerge with poignant force. No one understands the story well as the writer does. So, listening to the story in writer’s voice is a real treat. You can easily buy audio of this story. In addition to Bernard Malamud, you can purchase a recording of Nelson Algren, James Baldwin, James Jones, Philip Roth, and William Styron.

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