A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw

A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw

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by Isaac Bashevis Singer
     
 

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Isaac Bashevis Singer's memories of his youth in Poland make a powerful, brilliant children's book. The author lays out a panorama of Jewish life in the city--the rabbis in black velvet and gabardine, the shopkeepers, the street urchins and schoolboys, the poverty, the confusion, the excitement of the prewar time. But even more, the author reveals himself; and the

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Isaac Bashevis Singer's memories of his youth in Poland make a powerful, brilliant children's book. The author lays out a panorama of Jewish life in the city--the rabbis in black velvet and gabardine, the shopkeepers, the street urchins and schoolboys, the poverty, the confusion, the excitement of the prewar time. But even more, the author reveals himself; and the torments and mysteries that plagued him as a child will make his stories fascinating to other children.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is a collection of 19 episodes from Singer's boyhood life on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw. ``Singer has written an extraordinary book that will give many days of pleasure to adults as well as children,'' PW stated. ``These are sensitive, youthful and observant portraits of what Jewish life was like in Poland.'' (All ages)
From the Publisher

“At a time when in children's literature the power of the imagination is frequently lost sight of or diluted, it is fortunate that we can honor a great storyteller. Mr. Singer has created out of remembered fragments of his own childhood a place instantly familiar where life is not neat and orderly, where the adventures of a boy throw into sharp and recognizable focus those resistant elements of the ever-troubled human condition.” —From the judges' citation, National Book Award for Children's Literature

“Singer's memories of his youth in Poland make a powerful, brilliant children's book. The author lays out a panorama of Jewish life in the city-- the rabbis in black velvet and gabardine, the shopkeepers, the street urchins and schoolboys, the poverty, the confusion, the excitement of the prewar time. But even more, the author reveals himself; and the torments and mysteries that plagued him as a child will make his stories fascinating to other children....Reflecting a bygone world, the photographs add a further note of realism and power.” —The Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833512574
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–91) was the author of many novels, stories, and children's books. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 14, 1904
Date of Death:
July 24, 1991
Place of Birth:
Radzymin, Poland
Place of Death:
Surfside, Florida
Education:
Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27

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A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By no means the most important of Singer's work yet these vignettes of his Warsaw childhood can in just a few brilliant lines move deeply . Worth reading just to feel again a world lost , and fleetingly recaptured only on the page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very interesting to see a totally different life then ours. But so many confusing parts and sometimes too much action, I would have to rate it 3 stars. I still do recommend it... an excellent autobiography