The Assistant, Bernard Malamud’s second novel, originally published in , is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who “wants better” for. The Assistant is a novel by Bernard Malamud that was first published in See a complete list of the characters in The Assistant and in-depth analyses of. The Assistant, novel by Bernard Malamud, published in Set in Brooklyn, the novel portrays the complex relationship that develops between Morris Bober, .

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Nel finale aperto il percorso di redenzione di Frank si completa, e quello che era stato un percorso, sia pur accidentato e con molti rinculi, di avvicinamento di Frank a Morris, ai valori espressi da Morris, diviene immedesimazione: She never heard of them. Personaggi infelici e tormentati, divorati da continui rimorsi e rimpianti, preda di destini infausti di cui, del resto, sono essi stessi arteficiannegati nell’amarezza.

Morris, Frank e Helen. This has to be a contender for the most miserable novel of all time. Questo mi insegnava mio nonno. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Morris is ashamed that he wished for his rival’s comeuppance.

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He distorts what is written. Then, one night, Ward Minogue breaks into the liquor store owned by Bober’s rival, Karp. So I tend to distrust him whether he is sincere nalamud not.


Morris Bober, a grocer, who dreads his failing small grocery store. In any case, these two incidents could not spoil what was, for me, a truly fucking great book, an awful gut-wrenching masterpiece. She also aspires to higher education, but has set aside her own plans in order to take a job as a secretary, as her wages are needed to supplement the family’s meager income from asslstant store.

Mmalamud, Frank Alpine, obsessed with Helen, had himself circumcised. Una Storia come non se ne trovano spesso, con un’introduzione dei personaggi che sembra una stretta di mano; un avvicendarsi incalzante e armonioso; un epilogo splendido e significativo. It is assistxnt written and the characters are ones that I cared about but I felt like the ending just dropped the reader. Un romanzo stupendo, con una storia bella, reale e commovente.

Every opportunity is lost.

Indeed, The Assistant seems to focus less on cultural and religious differences and more on the ethic ones, its principal theme being the conversion of the self by the power of example. He exaggerates to such an extent that you want to laugh when you should be sobbing or thinking. There is a kind of crystalline hardness over the tautly lyrical descriptions of people and scenes; there is never a literariness or any intrusion of philosophic values in Mr.

Open Preview See a Problem? It is the ability of the mqlamud to show different characters’ answers to the above questions in a realistic fashion through their behavior and speech that I think make this book special.


Want to Read saving…. Selected pages Title Page. Gli affari vanno un po’ meglio e Frank, ancora innamorato di Helen, cerca berrnard riallacciare il rapporto, scontrandosi con il assistanf rifiuto.

E poi finisce con mezzo tiro in porta e manco un frizzo e un lazzo.

Frank is openly, in the beginning, an anti-semite, but his dislike of Jews is berbard, rather than born out of religious conflict. I hate rape scenes in anything, but it is not gratuitous.

The Assistant is as tightly written as a prose poem. View all 13 comments.

The Assistant

Frank, on the other hand, looks first to Morris, then to Helen, as a saviour; by helping the grocer he thinks he can prove that he is a good man and not a low-down hoodlum, by loving Helen that he is, in fact, capable of love and capable of a genuine, nice and normal relationship. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. And always regrets it.