Tag: Isaac Bashevis Singer

November 18, 2011  |  No Comments

By a long shot, this is the funniest book I ever read about the blood libel.

Caveat: despite illustrations by Uri Shulevitz that look suited to children, this is not a children’s book.  It’s about some gentiles who libel an innocent Jew for the murder of a child in 17th-century Prague.  German folklore, of course, really … Read More

May 12, 2011  |  No Comments

Is “Ellis Island,” the titular novella in this story collection, the best thing written on the American dream since the Declaration of Independence?

In 1981, when this book came out, The New York Times’s Anatole Broyard said of Helprin, “Nothing is familiar in his stories: he is interested only in the fabulous, the borderline between perception … Read More