God's Grace

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"Is he an American Master? Of course. He not only wrote in the American language, he augmented it with fresh plasticity, he shaped our English into startling new configurations." —Cynthia Ozick

God's Grace (1982), Bernard Malamud's last novel, is a modern-day dystopian fantasy, set in a time after a thermonuclear war prompts a second flood-a radical departure from Malamud's previous fiction.

The novel's protagonist is paleolosist Calvin Cohn, ...

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God's Grace: A Novel

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Overview

"Is he an American Master? Of course. He not only wrote in the American language, he augmented it with fresh plasticity, he shaped our English into startling new configurations." —Cynthia Ozick

God's Grace (1982), Bernard Malamud's last novel, is a modern-day dystopian fantasy, set in a time after a thermonuclear war prompts a second flood-a radical departure from Malamud's previous fiction.

The novel's protagonist is paleolosist Calvin Cohn, who had been attending to his work at the bottom of the ocean when the Devastation struck, and who alone survived. This rabbi's son-a "marginal error"-finds himself shipwrecked with an experimental chimpanzee capable of speech, to whom he gives the name Buz. Soon other creatures appear on their island-baboons, chimps, five apes, and a lone gorilla. Cohn works hard to make it possible for God to love His creation again, and his hopes increase as he encounters the unknown and the unforeseen in this strange new world.

With God's Grace, Malamud took a great risk, and it paid off. The novel's fresh and pervasive humor, narrative ingenuity, and tragic sense of the human condition make it one of Malamud's most extraordinary books.

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Editorial Reviews

Penelope Lively
An impressive novel.…It is impossible to do justice here to Malamud's wit and style.
Sunday Telegraph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140184914
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/11/1995
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Malamud
Bernard Malamud (1914–1986) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel, a book of stories. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1914
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      March 18, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., City College of New York, 1936; M.A., Columbia University, 1942

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Interesting story

    I wanted to read something different and this book rose to the challenge. The story is a post apocalyptic story of man and primates. Malamud writes with easy prose and the story was surreal and enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    Definately Worth Reading

    If you desire to read an extremely thought provoking and disturbing book, read this.

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