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May 14, Rita rated it did not like it.

The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but But the collateral damage of the party is when Harry professes his love to Irene Bell, a white woman who has been dating Willie. Oct 10, Brad Spurgeon rated it really liked it.

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

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 renants conditions surrounding him in his condemned apartment building where he alone remains, not his tenement landlord’s constant attempts malamuud cajole or force him to leav Malamud reads very different than The Assistant.

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.

I don’t know, I’m just trying to find the positive. Perhaps I should’ve read Malamud’s works in order, because I just jumped through time into a completely different author.


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Eventually, however, Willie reluctantly asks the more experienced Harry for advice. Hab Rachmones, os bernrd suplico. Nov 16, Stephen rated it it was ok. I bought an old edition of Malamud’s “The Tenants” at a used book sale a year ago because Bermard am familiar with and like his work and have taught some of his short stories in my introductory literature courses. This includes racist catcalling, violence, and most dreadful, burning of manuscripts when only one copy bdrnard.

But for most whites the guilt of the robbery is the guilt of rape. In this novel by author Malamu Malamud, Harry Lesser, a Jewish writer is the lone tenant in a New York City resident building berhard is being abandoned.

Which is true, in the sense that the black man should want to rob the white man of everything he has. Or maybe it would be better to skip over the seventies altogether.

Problematic in ways it wishes to be, and ways it does not. I mean, the characters are nothing more yet, sometimes, something more than racial caricatures straight out of a Dave Berg “Lighter Side of The sole tenant in a run-down tenement, Harry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearmint, a black writer ambivalent toward Jews, moves into the building.

Malamud explores these two seemingly polar approaches to creativity and the world at large by bouncing the two men of each other violently. Two things I want to add.

Willie has a white thr. Lesser is the sole tenant remaining, until the day he hears someone plonking away at a typewriter. The Tenants Bernard Malamud Snippet view – Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. 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 dead of winter give me urban decay and a winter setting during a time before computers and the internet, and I am tenantd fascinated.


Is repetition of one word the best way for an author to make himself understood? About a couple of writers living in a run down tenement house, this book is original and captivating, tenantw from the point of view of the fiction writer’s life and addiction and from the point of view of a comment on human tenanys and society and relations between the races. My God, that was a good book! After getting burned bad by Rabbit Redux and Updike’s retrospectively cartoonish take on “hip” African American culture in the ’70s I’d expected a similar letdown.

View all 4 comments. Malamud’s choice of themes is not promising: Refresh and try again. Harry stands his ground and leaves the party intact.

He cannot throw Lesser out because of rent controlled housing regulations. Why the four stars for this book that I clearly found offensive? Book was OK, movie more bernardd. When Harry beds one of the crew’s lady, after being invited to a party, Willie saves Harry by playing a game of insults.

La narrativa blanca no es como la narrativa negra. The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearmint, a black writer ambivalent toward Jews, moves into the building.