A book review of The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud should not include any spoilers. The book is about a father and daughter who are estranged from each other. The daughter, Sarah, is getting married and the father, Feld, tries to reconnect with her. However, their relationship is fraught with tension and they ultimately end up going their separate ways.
Many people consider Malamud’s “The Magic Barrel” (1952) to be his best work among the many short stories he has written. The story is told from a third person point of view. This narrator isn’t part of the story and doesn’t seem to know more than the characters do. He never addresses the reader directly, so we can assume this is a traditional narrator telling the tale. However, starting in the third part, it feels like Leo himself is relating events from his own perspective.
You could also say, that this is the part, where the book really starts. Leo is a young painter in New York. He lives together with his father and he is trying to make a living out of his painting, which doesn’t seem to be working out very well. To make matters worse he falls in love with Stella, who is the daughter of an important art dealer.
Not only does she not return his feelings, but her father also forbids him to see her again. This all changes when Leo meets Pincus, who tells him about a certain Rabbi Small. Rabbi Small can help people with their problems and so Leo decides to go and see him.
Rabbi Small is amazed by how much wisdom this young man has and he tells him that he will make a great rabbi one day. Rabbi Small then asks Leo to become his student and to come and live with him. At first Leo is hesitant, but he soon realizes that this is the only way that he will be able to see Stella again. So he agrees and moves in with the rabbi.
The book follows Leo as he studies to become a rabbi and as he tries to win Stella’s heart. It is a beautiful story about love, loss, hope, and faith.
“The Magic Barrel” is the story of a young rabbinical student, Leo Finkle, who attempts to find himself a wife. Since he cannot seem to find one on his own, he answers an ad in the Forward for a marriage broker by the name of Pinye Salzman (a “commercial cupid”). This broker shows him pictures of women who are more or less suitable for him, but when he finally meets one that catches his eye, it ends in disaster.
He is also introduced to the world of sexual services that the marriage broker offers. When he meets one of the women, she tells him that he should look for a woman who can cook because “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. This advice helps him to find the right woman.
However, there are several things that Leo Finkle does not want in a wife and he makes a list of them.
One month after Salzman leaves an envelope of pictures on Leo’s table, he finally gives in to temptation and starts looking through them. One photo in particular catches his eye, but despite repeated prodding from Leo, Salzman never tells him who the woman is.
Leo Finkle’s daughter, Stella, is “wild” and he worries she won’t make a good wife for a rabbi. But in the end, Salzman gives in an Leo and Stella finally meet. The story covers about one and a half month in the life of Leo Finkle.
Bernard Malamud’s short story “The First Seven Years” follows the protagonist, Leo Finkle, as he tries to navigate love and heartbreak. The story opens with Leo preparing for his first date with Faye, a young woman he has been corresponding with. Leo is nervous and hopes that the date will go well so that he can finally find happiness.
Leo’s date with Faye does not go as planned, and he is left feeling disappointed and embarrassed. He decides to give up on love and focus on his career instead. However, a chance encounter with an old friend, Salzman, leads Leo to reconsider his decision. Salzman introduces Leo to his daughter Stella, and the two eventually fall in love.
Malamud’s “The First Seven Years” is a touching story about love, loss, and hope. The character of Leo Finkle is relatable and sympathetic, making the story all the more powerful. While the ending is happy, there are still hints of sadness and regret, which add depth to the story. Overall, “The First Seven Years” is a well-written and moving short story that will stay with readers long after they finish reading it.
Leo is an atypical rabbinical student in many ways. He often questions why he decided to pursue this path and doesn’t think of himself as a particularly religious person. In fact, he says that his primary motivation for coming to God was not out of love, but rather out of lack thereof. Although he has been interested in Jewish law since childhood, Leo does not consider himself a godly individual. As Richmann states: “Finkle knows the word but not the spirit” (119).
Would it be proper to include this statement in a summary of The First Seven Years? It might be seen as an important part of the book because it helps explain Leo’s character and his relationship with God, but it could also be seen as irrelevant or even offensive.
No, this statement should not be included in a summary of The First Seven Years. While it does help explain Leo’s character, it could be seen as irrelevant or offensive to some readers.
But why does he actually call in the marriage broker? At first, it is not because he is desperately looking for love but because he “had been advised by an acquaintance that winning himself a congregation might be easier if he were married” (Barrel 2541). This reason for seeking out a wife definitely isn’t based in romance.
However, if he wants to get married for the right reasons, he will have to find a way to convince Reb Saunders that it is the right thing to do.
One of the most important things to remember when writing a summary is to include only information that is relevant to the story. This means that you should not include any personal opinions or judgments in your summary. In addition, you should avoid including any information that is not directly related to the plot of the story. For example, in “The First Seven Years” by Bernard Malamud, you should not include any information about the author or his other works in your summary. Stick to the facts and be sure to include only information that is directly relevant to the story.