Long regarded as one of the country’s foremost literary luminaries, CYNTHIA OZICK attracts as much praise for her morally rigorous essays as for her satirically witty fiction. Counted among her impressive works of fiction are The Shawl (1989), which won an O. Henry Prize for both short stories that comprise it. She is a Man Booker International Prize nominee as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award winner.
The Pagan Rabbi and Other Storiesby Cynthia Ozick
Ozick is a kind of narrative hypnotist. Her range is extraordinary; there is seemingly nothing she can't do. Her stories contain passages of intense lyricism and brilliant, hilarious, uncontainable inventiveness.
Meet the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
Cynthia Ozick should really be considered a national treasure. Her prose is simply without rival. There's no living American author I can think of who puts more time and effort into each and every sentence. In one of her essays, she said when she was younger she spent seven hours a day reading and sometimes all night writing. I believe. The proof is in the prose. The title story is one of my favorites. It's basically about a Rabbi who gives up his faith when he comes across a tree in a park he's certain is a minor deity like a dryad. It's an entirely original story, start to finish.