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The Merchant of Groski: and Other Tales My Great-Great-Grandfather Might Tell About Life in a Ghetto of Russia in the Time of the Czars

Kantor, Herman I.

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ISBN 10: 1564740358 / ISBN 13: 9781564740359
Published by Fithian Press, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1993
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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CB3 - A hard cover library rebound withdrawn ex-library book in good+ to very good- condition with no dust jacket. No additional printings are indicated on the copyright page. This is a trade paperback book that has been library rebound into a hard cover format. A tight, clean, sound copy in clear plastic laminated color printed paper covered boards with very minor overall shelf wear with the usual library labels, stamps, and pocket on the spine, the top outside paper edges, the copyright page, the last page, and the back free endpaper. A collection of short stories written to recreate the life of the Jewish Ghetto of Czarist Russia where the author's great-great-grandfather was born and grew up. 174p. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # SCW13121

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Title: The Merchant of Groski: and Other Tales My ...

Publisher: Fithian Press, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Book Type: Ex-Library

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A collection of humorous stories based on the experiences of a village newspaper reporter in 19th-century Russia

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Kantor prefaces his first attempt at fiction like this: "I never knew my great-great-grandfather Shmul. . . . But if he were to discuss his experiences as a youth and after he was ordained as a rabbi, I imagine these are the stories he might tell. . . ." This timid introduction contrasts markedly with his amusing and uplifting group of tales, spun by the cocky ghetto youth Shmul, who works for the shtetl newspaper of Orsha to earn funds for rabbinical studies. He meets many entertaining characters while commuting by train between Orsha and the city of Smolensk (where Shmul picks up a packet of international news stories from a larger-circulation newspaper), including a "lady of the night" who becomes a star ballerina; a wolfhound breeder who presents Shmul with a dog in defiance of a rule forbidding Jews to keep pets; and a hustling "snake medicine" man. After Shmul becomes a rabbi he conveys enlightening yarns about his ghetto community, including a satisfying one of political revenge by a young man for the brutal murder of his parents by Cossacks. And wise morals abound, such as "When you meet a bird that is different from all the others, don't hang onto it. . . . Get rid of it as fast as possible!"
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