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The Magician can dazzle the crowds with his sleight of hand, climb to any height, open any lock. Fearlessly, he does death-defying tricks in theaters all over Poland. At home, his sweet Jewish wife waits for him to return from the city. In the city, his adoring mistresses wait for him to return from home. He holds the key to all hearts, but his own is beset with confusion.
©1988 Isaac Bashevis Singer (P)2000 Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • 29-10-19

wonderful and marvellous historical classic

Having returned from Lublin recently and learning of the Holocaust and visiting Majdanek death camp, I was sickened and fascinated at the plight of Jews in Poland and this city in particular. I was delighted therefore to discover this Jewish Classic novel set in the era preceding the Nazi onslaught. The descriptions and imagery of lufe within a thriving Jewish community were enchanting and foreboding. So glad this book was written and on audible! Life is full of guided experiences like this one.

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Magical story of a complex character

This is an intriguing tale of a Jewish magician in late 19th century Poland who is torn apart by his own greed, lust and religious confusion. It is narrated by Larry Keith who brings out the characters in the story expertly.

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  • Evan
  • 11-09-08

Complex Masterpiece

A complex masterwork of fiction and an amazing meditation on the nature of religion and Jewishness in Europe and the modern age. I couldn't stop listening to it all the way through. The reader does a compelling and highly entertaining job, and really brings the characters to life in a way that absolutely fits the story.

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  • parisa
  • 21-10-20

Great story ☺️

what a great story! no wonder he won a Nobel prize for his amazing books.❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Andrei
  • 21-09-19

Loved it.

Loved this book. Loved everything about this book. Loved Yasha. Such a subtle and unique exploration of Jewish identity. Mazel Tov!!!! Must, must read. Yes recording was old, but Larry Keith was superb in all respects.

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  • Sheila Silver Halet
  • 12-02-19

באהבה ליצחק בן שבע חכם גדול יותר כתביו מאיר חיי

אנשי פולין. טוב שעני פתוח לחיי משפחה וכולנו לומדים דרך שלו. תודה וכל הכבוד. בשלום.

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  • timothy
  • 07-06-15

Singer at his best

He's always at his best, so my title is misleading and true at the same time, which is a way of saying Magician is filled with ambiguity and paradox.