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Who else from any Jewish - American authors can translate Yeddish for the American readers so colorfully and honestly Who else can represent the reality of Jewish life with love and light irony This is Bernard Malamud who was born in family of Russian - Jewish immigrants He found his characters in real Jewish community That is why the tone and style of The Magic Barrel are so unmistakable and truthful Through two main characters author involves us in a specific business going on between Leo Finkle a lonely rabbinical student and Pinye Salzman a matchmaker In order to get a good congregation Leo supposed to be married How a man who was studying for six years and who never was in a company of woman easily can find a wife The same way as his parents did He went to the matchmaker It was not so easy for Leo to appeal to Salzman because he hoped to find the wife by himself He wanted to be in love before he gets married But he resorted to help It was a firs time when he turned his mind over Pine Salzman the marriage broker represented the old generation and respected the old Jewish tradition Marriage is a very important part of a Jews life and the family is more important than the girl herself is He does not think about love It is possible to imagine how Leo was disappointed when Salzmen introduced the girls to him Sophie P Widow Father promises eight thousand dollars Has wonderful wholesale business Also realestate Lily H Regular Father is successful dentist thirty-five years Interested in professional man Wonderful opportunity Moreover She is a partikiler She wants the best Leos interest to Lily was aroused and he began seriously to consider calling on her Finally they met She provoked him to say the strange but a very capacious and valuable phrase I think that I came to God
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