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Songs for the Butcher's Daughter: A Novel
Songs for the Butcher's Daughter A Novel
Author: Peter Manseau
Summer, sweltering, 1996. A book warehouse in western Massachusetts. A man at the beginning of his adult life -- and the end of his career rope -- becomes involved with a woman, a language, and a great lie that will define his future. Most auspiciously of all, he runs across Itsik Malpesh, a ninetysomething Russian immigrant who claims to be the...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781416538707
ISBN-10: 1416538704
Publication Date: 9/9/2008
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Free Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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"Songs for the Burcher's Daughter" is a novel presented as the translated (from Yiddish) memoirs of Itsik Malpesh. Alternating between Itsik's story and short chapters of "translators notes" the tale of Itsik's experiences in Russia's pogroms and eventual journey to New York and Baltimore is interspersed with our translators own love story. Eventually the two stories connect in a satisfying if somewhat predictable fashion.

I enjoyed this book because the presentation as a translated memoir was unusual and very well done, and because the plot twisted enough to keep me entertained. I never warmed up to Itsik which may be part of the reason his story has held my interest well after the final chapter.
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