The Magic Barrel Essay

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The Magic Barrel



Who else from any Jewish - American authors can translate Yeddish for the American readers
so colorfully and honestly? Who else can represent the reality of Jewish life with love
and light irony? This is Bernard Malamud, who was born in family of Russian - Jewish
immigrants. He found his characters in real Jewish community. That is why the tone and
style of "The Magic Barrel" are so unmistakable and truthful.

Through two main characters author involves us in a specific business going on between Leo
Finkle, a lonely rabbinical student, and Pinye Salzman, a matchmaker. In order to get a
good congregation Leo supposed to be married. How a man, who was studying for six years
and who never was in a company of woman, easily can find a wife? The same way as his
parents did. He went to the matchmaker. It was not so easy for Leo to appeal to
Salzman, because he hoped to find the wife by himself. He wanted to be in love before he
gets married. But he resorted to help. It was a firs time when he turned his mind over.
Pine Salzman, the marriage broker, represented the old generation, and respected the old
Jewish tradition. Marriage is a very important part of a Jew's life, and the family is
more important than the girl herself is. He does not think about love. It is possible to
imagine how Leo was disappointed when Salzmen introduced the girls to him. "Sophie P.
Widow. Father promises eight thousand dollars. Has wonderful wholesale business. Also
realestate." "Lily H. Regular. Father is successful dentist thirty-five years. Interested
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