Sholom Aleichem Aliza Shevrin
- Title: In the Storm
- Author: Sholom Aleichem Aliza Shevrin
- ISBN: 9780452257603
- Page: 181
- Format: Paperback
Into the Storm is a moving take of three Jewish families, of differing beliefs and economic means, caught in the savage pogroms and revolutionary ferment of 1905 Sholom Aleichem builds his story around two generations of these families the fathers, Jews who have turned their backs on the secular world, and their children, who are deeply committed to the socialist movemenInto the Storm is a moving take of three Jewish families, of differing beliefs and economic means, caught in the savage pogroms and revolutionary ferment of 1905 Sholom Aleichem builds his story around two generations of these families the fathers, Jews who have turned their backs on the secular world, and their children, who are deeply committed to the socialist movement These characters embody the contraries of resignation and proteste conflicts between parents and children.nment s oppressive regime and an individual s dream of freedom This long neglected masterpiece shows Sholom Aleichem s genius not only as a folksy Yiddish storyteller, but as a great writer at the height of his powers.
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You think of Sholom Aleichem as a funny writer - and so he is, in that particular idiom that "translated from the Yiddish" way. This, however, is a book about real events - the Russian pogroms of 1905, and Black Sunday. The characters represent real people in that terrible time, and demonstrate once again that it doesn't take much to turn neighbours into killers. Once the dogs of tribalism and demogoguery have been unleashed, in Sarajevo, Rwanda, or Russia, suddenly people you have been living b [...]
Sholom Aleichem is known for his humorous tales about the life of (usually) hapless Jews in shtetls in the Pale of Settlement. This book is very different. Still humorous (sidesplitting at times), still about Jews (some hapless), but it focuses on the 1905 uprising against the Czar in St. Petersburg. Three Jewish families -- a well-to-do and well-connected trader, a pharmacist, and a wood-hauler -- all have children that become involved in the movement. Their lives intersect, sometimes tragicall [...]
What an incredible journey. In the space of 220 pages Sholem Aleichem takes us from humorous introductions of the characters through their teenage years and educations to the brutal suppression of the uprisings of 1905 to the issuance of the constitution, the wild exultation that brought, to the quick reversal and the pogroms that followed to the final scene of Jews in the train station torn between America and Palestine. This is the world my great grandmother escaped at the age of four with her [...]
A beautiful translation of what must be a linguistically enjoyable book. From a historic standpoint it seems Sholom Aleichem stuck to what he knew. This being my first direct exposure to his work (of course I'm familiar with Fiddler on the Roof, perhaps overly so) it's hard to make that judgement but there seems to be such great overlap between the two (this work and the story of Fiddler on the Roof) that I can only imagine he was writing directly out of his own contextual experiences.My one gre [...]
I read this book as research for my work of historical fiction. Perhaps the most impactful sentence for me (given the current political climate) was this one, describing the exodus of Jews from Eastern Europe: "The word America was heard more often than any other."
Some predictable passages. However Sholom Aleichem remains on my list of favourite authors. His wonderful sense of humour comes through even in a story about the Russian pogroms at the turn of the century. Sounds discordant, but it works.
This well written novel, translated from Yiddish, follows the intertwined lives of several Jewish families in early 20th-Century Russia, and the events culminating in Bloody Sunday.
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