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De entre esta Publicado en http: Most of the characters are two dimensional, nothing bernadd than dressing for set pieces. His landlord, Levenspiel, wants to sell his building; in fact, Harry is the only resident in the building.

Nov 16, Stephen rated it it bernnard ok. Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links. Just when Harry begins to find his groove, Willie Spearmint enters his life, squatting in an abandoned room downstairs.

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Nov 02, Arash rated it really liked it. There’s some wonderful conflict in this story. In this book Malamud shows a gallows humor beyond any of his other books and in places it can only be described as grotesque. However, it wasn’t just because it simply was this in this style that made me dislike the book because I love other books that are both experimental and wider in scope — I just didn’t feel as emotionally invested mzlamud this one, and ultimately, didn’t particularly enjoy this book as much.

I’ll have to re-read the early pages to figure that out, but only once I’ve got to the end, which will be soon. While I general bdrnard not like fiction stories about writers, self-reflective stories within the literati world – what seemed to constitute much of the ‘literary books’ of the last few decades – this one is perfect.


Perhaps I should’ve read Malamud’s tenantss in order, because I just jumped through time into a completely different author. But the power of the book is undeniable. The mistake was mine, not GR’s. This book is excellent. Ultimately, Willie’s blackness is less about race specifically and more about identity and culture broadly. Secondly, the prose is choppy.

This part is a perfect illustration of madness and art and is a lot of fun, if a bit confusing. May 14, Rita rated it did not like it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

For me the narration performance is merely OK. Apr 28, Cody rated it really liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Tenants

Jul 24, Katiepaige rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A Jew and a Black are writers and they hate each other malamyd they treat women like objects. Willie is immersed in his ethnic identity, while Lesser feels awkward saying “shalom” to another Jew.

Willie goes crazy and vandalizes Harry’s apartment, including the destruction of Harry’s only copy of his current manuscript. I hope you hear my intended sarcasm. No puede serlo [ After Willie asks for further advice on a re-write of his work, Harry dispenses that advice and follows with an announcement of vernard love for Irene. Why the four stars for this book that I clearly found offensive? Benard helps you keep track of books you want to read. The sequence of events that follow are like watching a train wreck to the soundtrack of Alice in Wonderland.

With a new introduction by Aleksandar Hemon In The TenantsBernard Malamud brought his unerring sense of modern urban life to malamue on the conflict between blacks and Jews then inflaming his native Brooklyn. This part becomes a bit much, but is handled deftly by Malamud’s technical skill and storytelling abilities. What an incredible book. The moment he receives even the slightest bit of criticism, he gets upset and does something stupid.


Two things I want to add. That is what I want to know. Had I not known this was written by Malamud, I wouldn’t have had the faintest malamuc from the writing. There was a movie made of this book starring Snoop Dogg and it adhered to the book, trimming some of the racism bernadd the lousy ending. Want to Read saving….

Toward the end of the book there are times when the tale spins somewhat out of tje as the protagonists descend in their own unique form of madness. It turns conventional “liberal” attitudes and beliefs about “minorities” on their heads.

Nov 26, Mohsen Ramezanzadeh rated it liked it. Guess which onewho are both writers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So back to Malamud: Here is the set-up. One night, however, while he is there, he hears typing and discovers a black man named Willie Spearmint who unbeknown to the bernad, has taken bdrnard temporary residence in the building. Some great writing at times, as one would expect from Malamud, but nowhere near one of his best works e.

The clash that ensues is one that goes far beyond different approaches to writing. The tenement has no water or heat, except for those short intervals after he complains.