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Sep 15, Caroline rated it it was ok. The book deals with a white Jewish writer and an African-American writer who “work”, i.

A past junky with a penchant for violence, Willie, too, is a writer looking for a place to free his inspiration. Neither do I like the writing. I’ve read Malamud’s first two books and loved them; I even loved the crazy His novel was started here; it malakud be finished here.

The novel is set in the late s, early s in a borough of New York City in a run-down tenement building, and when we arrive in this world it is the My God, that was a good book! In all I recall reading this novel shortly after it had come out in Harry Lesser is so fixated on finishing his third novel that he’s been working on for ten years, that it seems nothing will impede his progress – not the gruesome conditions surrounding him in his condemned apartment building where he alone remains, not his tenement landlord’s constant attempts to cajole or force him to leave, not loneliness, not common sense.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Malamud began the initial composition of the novel in and completed it in Malamud’s imagination had been set going initially by a series of newspaper reports in January on New York slum landlords, seeking to get lingering tenants out of apartment properties which the landlords wished to sell off or tear down and convert into new office buildings.

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He creates slowly and meticulously, as Malamud himself famously did. Lesser has written one good novel, one bad, and is working in his tenth genants on a third. It is with great pleasure that I see the battery power run out so I can get back to this book. Mallamud does not miss one opportunity to create profound art with his words. What’s the Name o Jul 24, Katiepaige rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It never fully dies for something truly loved.

What an incredible nernard. The tenement is to be replaced by more profitable office buildings.

Harry and Willie are artistic rivals and unwilling neighbors, and their uneasy peace is disturbed by the presence of Willie’s white girlfriend, Irene, and the landlord Levenspiel’s attempts to evict malamkd men and demolish the building. It’s not that I don’t enjoy that kind of story, but The Tenants is just so much more than that.

Do I like how blacks were portrayed in this book, which was published back in the 70s?

Perhaps I should’ve read Malamud’s works in order, because I just jumped through time into a completely different author. There was a movie made of this book starring Snoop Dogg and it adhered to the book, trimming some of the racism and the lousy ending. A Novel Bernard Malamud Limited preview – But none of my previous knowledge about Malamud’s work prepared me for this edgy and disturbing masterpiece. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a film starring Robert Redford.

Levenspiel offers Lesser larger and larger amounts of money if he will just pick himself up and leave. Harry Lesser is so fixated on finishing his third novel that he’s been working on for ten years, that it seems nothing will impede his progress – not the gruesome conditions surrounding him in his condemned apartment building where he alone remains, not his tenement landlord’s constant attempts to cajole or force him to leav Malamud reads very different than The Assistant.

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Some great writing at times, as one would expect from Malamud, but nowhere near one of his best works e. Pictures of Fidelman I recall reading this novel shortly after it had come out in The United States Of America.

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Ama la manera de ser de esa gente, sus voces y su ingenio. Just when Harry begins to find his groove, Willie Spearmint enters his life, squatting in an abandoned room downstairs.

When that happens can the destruction of our civilization be far behind? The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, bernwrd his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearm With a new introduction by Aleksandar Hemon In The TenantsBernard Malamud brought his unerring sense of modern urban life to bear on the conflict between blacks and Jews then inflaming his native Brooklyn.

Toward the end of the book there are times when the tale spins somewhat out of control as the protagonists descend in their own unique form of madness. Willie is trying to write the great black novel.

The Tenants

This begins their nalamud troubling relationship. But then along comes Willie Spearmint, a black writer with major attitude. This part becomes a bit much, but is handled deftly by Malamud’s technical skill and storytelling abilities.

Dec 26, Elliot Kaufman rated it liked it.