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Bernard Malamuds The Magic Barrel is a story about a persons quest for personal and spiritual redemption Set in the month of February the story starts by presenting the supposed dilemma of the main character He is Leon Finkle a rabbinical student on his sixth year at the Yeshivah University set to be ordained 4 months hence An acquaintance has apparently told him that he might find it easier to win himself a congregation if he were married but he does not have any present prospects for marriage So he calls in Pinye Salzman a marriage broker who presents to Finkle several cards from his barrel each representing a woman he deemed good for a new rabbi At first none of the girls please him - he always finds some fault in them - and he dismisses Salzman But the matchmaker returns seemingly intent on doing his job and eventually convinces Finkle to go on a date with one of the girls Lily H It is this rendezvous that first brings about a change in Finkle Initially the readers are presented with so many reasons as to why Finkle decides to call a matchmaker As earlier said he has no present prospects for marriage and he is pressed for time In his first conversation with Salzman he says that he thought it the better part of trial and error to call in an experienced person He also implies a certain respect he has for the matchmaking institution by remarking that it was ancient and honorable and even highly approved by the group of people to whom his identity is attached being a rabbinical student the Jewish community Even his parents the very roots of his existence and another source of his identity were supposedly brought together by a matchmaker After he meets with Salzman for the first time however he then admits that he actually did not in essence care for the matchmaking institution despite
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