Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, who has been immortalized in the writings of Sholem Aleichem and in acclaimed and award-winning theatrical and film adaptations.
And no Yiddish writer was more beloved than Tevye’s creator, Sholem Rabinovich (1859–1916), the “Jewish Mark Twain,” who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem. Beautifully translated by Hillel Halkin, here is Sholem Aleichem’s heartwarming and poignant account of Tevye and his daughters, together with the “Railroad Stories,” twenty-one tales that examine human nature and modernity as they are perceived by men and women riding the trains from shtetl to shtetl.
About the Author
Hillel Halkin is an award-winning translator and a writer whose most recent work is Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel.
Table of Contents
Tevye the Dairyman
Tevye Strikes It Rich
Tevye blows a Small Fortune
Tevye Leaves for the Land of Israel
The Railroad Stories
To the Reader
The Happiest Man in All Kodny
Eighteen from Pereshchepena
The Man from Beunos Aires
The Slowpoke Express
The Miracle of Hoshana Rabbah
The Wedding that Came without Its Band
The Tallis Koton
A Game of Sixty-Six
The Automatic Exemption
It Doesn't Pay to Be Good
Fated for Misfortune
Go Climb a Tree If You Don't Like It
The Tenth Man
What People are Saying About This
"A lovely, lucid translation for anyone who has not read Sholem Aleichem, but especially for those who have."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The stories, originally written in Yiddish, from which "Fiddler on the Roof" was developed are collected here as _Tevye the Dairyman_. This novel is much darker and ends with more ambiguity than the musical. Tevye's daughters represent the changes in Jewish life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as pogroms, revolutionary groups, secularish, and loosening of tradition.
This is the second time I've read this classic. I loved the writing of Tevye, but found Railroad Stories repetitive, and not too interesting. I was less than thrilled with many of the portrayals.
THE STORIES HERE ARE NOT TO BE MISSED. HOWEVER, THE DESCRIPTION SAYS ITS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED. THE ONLY ILLUSTRATION I'VE FOUND IS THE COVER. IF I DON'T GIVE IT 5 STARS IT'S ONLY BECAUSE I FELT SOME DECEPTION ON THE PART OF BN.
It was amazing, heartfelt, and just absolutely beautiful. Everybody should read it.