By Bernard Malamud
"An neglected masterpiece. it may possibly nonetheless be undervalued as Malamud's funniest and so much embracing novel." —Jonathan Lethem
In a brand new lifestyles, Bernard Malamud—generally regarded as a exceedingly big apple writer—took at the American fantasy of the West as a spot of non-public reinvention.
When Sy Levin, a highschool instructor beset through alcohol and undesirable judgements, leaves town for the Pacific Northwest to begin over, it's no shock that he conjures a imaginative and prescient of the extreme new existence anticipating him there: "He imagined the pioneers in coated wagons coming into this valley for the 1st time. even if he had lived little in nature Levin had regularly enjoyed it, and the experience of getting performed the correct factor in leaving manhattan was once renewed in him." quickly after his arrival at Cascadia collage, although, Levin realizes he has been taken in by means of a mirage. The disasters pile up anew, and Levin, fired from his submit, unearths himself again the place he all started and little the wiser for it.
A New Life—as Jonathan Lethem's creation makes clear—is Malamud at his most sensible: along with his trust in success and new beginnings Sy Levin embodies the thwarted longing for transcendence that's on the middle of all Malamud's paintings.
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A New Life by Bernard Malamud