The Brothers Schlemiel

The Brothers Schlemiel

by Mark Binder, Marc Chagall
     
 

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"Wired Words/Electric Prose" —Providence Phoenix

"The Brothers Schlemiel is a delicious and exciting novel of mixed identities told in delicious bite-sized chapters. You won't want to put it down, but if you do, you will come back to it again and again… At last, one of the very first ebooks is restored to its full glory."

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"Wired Words/Electric Prose" —Providence Phoenix

"The Brothers Schlemiel is a delicious and exciting novel of mixed identities told in delicious bite-sized chapters. You won't want to put it down, but if you do, you will come back to it again and again… At last, one of the very first ebooks is restored to its full glory."

Meet Abraham and Adam. From the day they are born, “those Schlemiel twins” are trouble. No one, not even their parents, can tell them apart, which is sometimes an advantage.

They use their wits to create mischievous pranks, foil thieves, meet governors and kings, and eventually begin to grow up.
But when Abraham falls in love a Gypsy princess and Adam falls in love with a girl who thinks he’s Abraham, it’s a problem.
If they switch places one more time, will they finally find happiness?

Set in Chelm, the famed village of fools, The Brothers Schlemiel is both a tightly interwoven story of two lives, and a rambling picaresque novel filled with rich characters. Originally written as a weekly serial, it’s a page-turner that can be enjoyed a bit at a time, but will call you to keep going and just read a little more.

The Brothers Schlemiel is a book to savor. It's a timeless book that resonates in today's fast-paced digital society.

During its initial 100 installment newspaper run from 1999-2001, The Brothers Schlemiel also became the first novel to be published serially via email. An abridged edition was published in hardcover in 2008. At last, the complete adventures of Abraham and Adam Schlemiel have been gathered together in one unabridged "authors cut."

Glowing Headlines and Reviews about previous editions of the (abridged and e-serialized) Brothers Schlemiel:

Wired Words/Electric Prose
"To say that Jacob Schlemiel went temporarily insane after the birth of his twin boys might be to overstate it. The poor man certainly had a breakdown. It was as if the mule pulling his wagon down the road of life had suddenly kicked him in the head." So begins one episode of The Brothers Schlemiel. Binder could have also been describing what's happening to traditional publishing. With the arrival of electronic serials and e-books, old-fashioned print is getting something of a kick in the head. As tech-savvy authors like Binder are exploring the Internet's possibilities, traditional publishers are racing to get into the game."
—Providence Phoenix

Dickens For The 21st Century
"I find it exciting that Mr. Binder has put his extensive talents to use on the internet. The return of serialized literature is long overdue and "The Brothers Schlemiel" seems the perfect work to introduce a new generation of readers to a method as traditional as Dickens using technology that Jules Verne could only have dreamed of."
- oso.com

Schlemiels in cyberspace… old-fashioned storytelling in a newfangled way
The Providence Journal

Laughing out loud humor… very poignant and sweet
—Jewish Herald Voice, Houston, TX

"In The Brothers Schlemiel, Mark Binder tries to capture the community of Chelm in all its innocence, foolishness and humor. 'In this work of fiction, history lives in the footnotes,' he declares in his author's note. When history gets in the way of the story, it is easily modified. So it's clear from the start that there is nothing factual about this book, which traces the lives of the Schlemiel family and the community that surrounds them. [Readers] will really get the humor written between the lines. 'Only in Chelm could a father get so lost going to fetch the midwife that he misses the birth of his first child,' Binder writes, poking consistent fun at the antics and idiocy of those who call Chelm home. It seems that everyone in the town is in slow mode, so the mix-ups are many and the potential for laughter abundant
—Jewish Book World

Editorial Reviews

OSO.Com - Tom Viall
Dickens For The 21st Century

"I find it exciting that Mr. Binder has put his extensive talents to use on the internet. The return of serialized literature is long overdue and "The Brothers Schlemiel" seems the perfect work to introduce a new generation of readers to a method as traditional as Dickens using technology that Jules Verne could only have dreamed of."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016582450
Publisher:
Light Publications
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Series:
Life in Chelm , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Binder is an award-winning author and storyteller. He began writing his Life in Chelm series as the editor of the Rhode Island Jewish Herald. These and his hundreds of other stories have delighted readers and listeners around the world in books, magazines, newspapers, audio albums, and even on standardized tests.

Mark frequently gives talks and performances to audiences of all ages. Sometimes his programs are “educational” but they are always engaging and entertaining. He has the unique ability to read a room and instantly adjust the program based on the audience present. He says that his goal in performance is to transmit joy through language and story.

He is the founder of the American Story Theater, and has taught a college course in “Telling Lies” at the Rhode Island School of Design. He holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace, and currently practices yoga and centering. In his spare time he bakes bread and makes pizza.

Mark lives in Providence, RI with his wife and their children.

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