Feb 23, 2020
Tevye's Daughters: Collected Stories of Sholom Aleichem
Posted by Sholem Aleichem Frances Butwin


  • Title: Tevye's Daughters: Collected Stories of Sholom Aleichem
  • Author: Sholem Aleichem Frances Butwin
  • ISBN: 9781929068036
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
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    Fiddler on the Roof fans who have not yet read the stories should give this a try. Tevye is here, in all his glory: his humor, his sorrow, his philosophical reflections, his faith. But friends of well crafted short stories who shun the traditional musical should give it a look too. These stories have a darkness and depth not found in the Bock/Harnick/Stein Broadway classic.The title of this book is somewhat deceiving, since the monologues of Tevye the Dairyman comprise only one-fourth of the sto [...]


    I'm giving up on this for now. I'm having trouble with Sholom Aleichem's stories. Something about reading about old world Russian shtetls makes the muscles in my shoulders and the back of my neck clench right up. The same with Isaac Bashevis Singer. Probably because I've had a lot of actual real-world contact with Eastern European immigrants who bear more than a passing resemblance to the folks in his stories. I'm sure a psychologist would have a field day with this.


    perfect. i never realized how political his writing was until this collection, he masks so much with simple prose and humor, which i guess is how you are able to say what you aren't supposed to without getting censored or banned. a lot of people think that this story collection just gets progressively more and more depressing, but i think there's pretty much a tiny current of heartbreak running through all the stories. maybe you just don't always notice it until the end. of course people know th [...]

    April Helms

    It was neat reading some of the stories that inspired one of my favorite musicals, "Fiddler on the Roof." My respect for the musical grew; the writers really nailed Aleichem's character Tevye, a well-known milkman who sells butter, cheese and milk to neighboring villages. Not all the stories deal with Tevye and his family, which includes his wife and his seven lovely daughters. Yes, there are seven- five of whom we learn more about, a six is named, and a seventh unnamed mentioned early on. There [...]


    It's sad to think that this edition of Sholem Aleichem's stories was published in 1949--when the life he writes about was already completely destroyed. Not that the life of the Jewish shtetl that he describes sounds so wonderful--although his stories certainly have a zest to them--but it's heartbreaking to know, in retrospect, the fate of these communities. Tevye's Daughters is one volume of a two-volume collection of Aleichem's stories, and the figure of Tevye appears in a half-dozen or so of t [...]

    Jennifer Nelson

    I'm not sure, really, how to rate this book. The writing is absolutely awesome and worthy of five stars; the content, though, started out at five stars and then slipped downward into two stars (and maybe even one). I was immediately pulled into the stories of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and loved especially the stories about Tevye and his family. However, the story of Tevye gets more and more depressing as you get farther along until its completely unbearable. There is no happy ending for Tevy [...]


    The humor and heartbreak in these stories come together to form a vivid picture of Jewish life in the shtetls of the Pale. I was struck in particular by Tevye's statement in 'Schprintze': “I wasn’t worried about God so much, I could come to terms with Him, one way or another. What bothered me was people. Why should people be so cruel to one another, when they could be so kind? Why should human beings bring suffering to one another as well as to themselves, when they could all live together i [...]


    I enjoy reading the original stories behind the musicals. This one is incredible; there are more stories than in Fiddler on the Roof, but the jist of the play is in this book. It reflects the conflict Tevye, a traditional Jew in early 1900 Russia, goes through as times are changing.


    Few books could be as humorous, as poignant and as heart wrenching at the same time as this chronicle of early twentieth century Russia and the pogroms that eventually caused the exodus of the Jewish community.


    Started this and got boredwill try again


    Really enjoyed these short stories --several of which involve Tevye the Dairyman-- which is what Fiddler on the Roof is based on.


    Тевье не женщина, Тевье всё стерпит.Тонкий (?) еврейский юмор про расхождение жизни и писаний (?), который я скорее всего не понял из-за своей ограниченности.

    Joy Burroughs

    Great collection of stories! It's tales are full of bitter humor. Many times, I wish that I could read the stories in their original language. Much of the humor is lost in translation.

    Janis Ian

    Only not a 5 because I can't read Yiddish well enough to know how good the translations are.


    Eastern European poor, Jewish life in a village---these stories are a wonderful glimpse into a world, a community and families. From my mother's bookshelf.


    He's just a dang good storyteller.

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