martes, 10 de septiembre de 2013

Tveye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem

Tveye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem


Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari

Sholem Aleichem and his story Tevye the Dairyman are related to the popular Broadway musical and movie Fiddler on the Roof. The translation from Yiddish is good, though many words in such language that remain in the English text may deter the reading flow for those who are not familiar with them. There is a glossary at the end.

The stories give us some light into the Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the XIX and early XX centuries. I enjoyed learning some historical facts such as Ellis Island being known as Castle Garden, which quite reminded me of going through US airport customs after 9/11 with its interrogation rooms. Things seem to have come full circle in a bit over a century. “We’re locked up. We can only through the bars. We’re like convicts or beats…”

The characters in both stories will become dear to your heart, hopefully.

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