Monday, January 24, 2011

Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories

Written by: Isaac Bashevis Singer

First line: Children are as puzzled by passing time as grownups.

Why you should read this book: Seven delightful tales of shtetl life, clever fools, vindictive devils, and brave children comprise this collection from an award-winning writer whose work transports the reader to another time, and a world long-gone. Three of the stories tell about the wondrous village of Chelm, where everyone is an utter fool, given to hysterical, grandiose misconceptions and deeply flawed reasoning. The title story is a lovely tale of the love a small boy can hold for a small animal, demonstrating how miracles may appear in real life.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're already surrounded by hysterical idiots and you've just slaughtered a goat or otherwise killed an animal beloved to your children.

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