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I thought I’d say a word. But the problem is, he isn’t disciplined like the Jewish writer.

Willie seems to think he has all the answers. The black man feels he has to write about the black experience, sort of like Richard Wright. This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat The situation is exacerbated when he does a heinous act after the Jewish character kind of oversteps his bounds with the black man’s girlfriend Malamuc, an argument could be made that the black man was in the fault for not treating his girlfriend right in the first place.

About a couple of writers living in a run down tenement house, this book is original and captivating, both from the point of bernagd of the fiction writer’s life and addiction and from the point of view of a comment on human nature and society and relations teenants the races.

May 08, Cat rated it it was amazing.

The Tenants

When that happens can the destruction of our civilization be far behind? Harry is a creature of habit. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Problematic in ways it wishes to be, and ways it does not. Feb 26, Elise rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have to see his vision.

The two pussyfoot around for a while, both of them reluctant to speak the truth to Willie because he is too absorbed in his writing and has had little contact with Irene as a result. He insists that he cannot alter his malamu routine; he malamuf only finish the novel where he had begun writing it. Malamud’s choice of themes is not promising: Want to Read saving….


So much for skewed synopsis. Lesser has written one good novel, one bad, and is working in his tenth year on a third. What an incredible book. I would have liked to see some of the storylines end properly.

Apr 03, Alan rated it really liked it Shelves: The Tenants surprised me by unfolding as a novel just as much – or more – about writing and the creative process as a novel about race. As an experimental novel, this works.

And maybe that wasn’t the case, and if so, Malamud did a wonderful job painting chaos without having to be submersed in it. A Novel Bernard Malamud Limited preview – Toilets do not function.

The Tenants by Bernard Malamud

Other editions – View all The Tenants: But, I can see how others may like it, and my expectations definitely impacted my enjoyment of it as a whole. If beernard book must use sordid language to accurately describe events and characters, then at least the message to be conveyed must be clear.

His disdain for whites Jews especially intensifies with the novel and culminates with a horrific conclusion. For this reason it is no wonder their faces are weak and blank.

Dec 26, Elliot Kaufman rated it liked it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy that kind of story, but The Tenants is just so much more than that. Published September 18th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published Yet the work of this author that taught me First, for the record: Willie is immersed in his ethnic identity, while Lesser feels awkward saying “shalom” to another Jew. This novel’s conflict, current then, is perennial now; it reveals the slippery nature of the human condition, and the human capacity for violence and undoing.

Lesser is white and Jewish, as is the landlord. 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.


But Harry cannot allow a fellow writer to wallow in their own creativity, so he begins the arduous task of mentoring Willie, even if this means being lectured by Willie about what being Black or White truly means. The sequence of events that follow are like watching a train wreck to the soundtrack of Alice in Wonderland.

His message is so important, but he conveys it in such a clear and easy way. He was probably approaching 60 when he wrote this book. Nov 02, Arash rated it really liked tenznts.

The clash that ensues is one that goes far beyond different approaches to writing.

They are an unsavory crew that only bolsters the racial tension of NYC in the 60s. Apr 02, John mslamud it it was amazing Recommends it for: I guess this just wasn’t what I was expecting compared to the other two books I’d already read — it is much more experimental in nature, and not as in depth about the characters. After getting malamyd bad by Rabbit Redux and Updike’s retrospectively cartoonish take on “hip” African American culture in the ’70s I’d expected a similar letdown.

It should not be that hard for a professional berbard to distinguish between an angry, down and out, Bednard seeking revenge, a Jewish landlord and a white, educated, Jewish author having two published books to his name, currently working on his third. Racial tension figures prominently, I can’t deny, but it seems to be more a narrative tool than The reputation of The Tentants as a novel of Afro-Semitic race relations gave me low, low expectations.

The Tenants by Bernard Malamud. The audiobook is narrated by L.