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Job, the story of a simple man (Anglais)

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HASH(0x981e9108) étoiles sur 5 A Simple Man made Wise 16 janvier 2001
Par Alec Gilmore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
An extraordinarily moving story with the biblical Job at its heart - a man driven `to curse God' and ready to die, including his friends who come as comforters - but written in such a way as to capture the heart of the story and the imagination of the reader and, by concluding at the very point where you want it to go on, leaving you to complete the experience for yourself.
12 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x981e98ac) étoiles sur 5 Beautiful story 1 décembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Mendel Singer parallels the biblical Job. Roth's characters are warm and human. The best of all the fictional treatments of the Job story. I particularly appreciated his treatment of the most difficult part of the Book of Job, his final restoration.
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HASH(0x981224d4) étoiles sur 5 Is God just? 13 mars 2012
Par Ralph Blumenau - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Mendel Singer is a pious Russian Jew, who has to bear many afflictions: of his three sons, the youngest, Menuchim is severely handicapped and can neither walk nor talk; the eldest, Jonas, is conscripted into the Tsarist army (the story is set in the early 20th century); the middle one, Shemaryah, flees to America to escape conscription. His daughter Miryam was bringing disgrace on the family by promiscuous relationships with Cossacks stationed in the nearby barracks. To escape this disgrace, Mendel takes her and his wife Deborah to United States, wrenchingly leaving Menuchim behind to be looked after by a neighbouring family.

After his initial bewilderment in America (brilliantly described), Mendel settles down, and life appears good to him and to his family in the United States; and he even has good news from and about his sons in Russia. In the evening of his days (he was an old 59) he was, for the first time in his life, free from worry.

But this is a book about a twentieth century Job, and the blessing that Mendel thought God had bestowed on him turned into new worries as the war broke out; and then a series of disasters pour down upon the old man's family until he is feels left utterly alone. And the formerly pious old man cursed God and was about to consign his prayer shawl, his phylacteries and his prayer book to the flames. His Jewish friends, though they had been increasingly secularized in America, still had remnants of their faith and argued with Mendel, re-enacting and also citing the story in the book of Job, telling him that God was testing him. And passionately did Mendel turn their comments aside. He was present during prayer meetings, but refused to join in. He took no interest in anything that went on around him. The news of the Russian Revolution left him indifferent. The war comes to an end.

Then, when he is right down, his depression lifts somewhat when he hears a particular song on a gramophone record brought out of Russia (singing plays a significant role in the life of Mendel Singer), and this comes shortly before the "miracle" we must expect in a story inspired by the Book of Job. We might guess what it is sometime before it is revealed; but the actual scene of revelation is one of the most moving pieces of writing I have ever read.

Mendel's faith is restored. The last chapter leaves him - and us - hoping for further miracles.

Apart from this being a wonderful and heart-felt story, there is the sheer beauty of Roth's writing. As in his other books, he is superb at painting a word picture of countryside, weather, bird-song and other sounds; and here he also paints an unforgettable picture of New York, especially as perceived by a country dweller.
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HASH(0x9807ef60) étoiles sur 5 A marvelous book! 10 janvier 2011
Par Judy K. Polhemus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Alert: Spoilers are suggested, but not defined!

I rejoice! I shout with happiness. I have found an adult novel with a glorious ending! Joseph Roth took a 180 turn from "The Holy Drinker," a despairing and depressing book, the first Roth I read several months ago (and reviewed), with this, a work of wonder, "Job: The Story of a Simple Man."

Getting to the wonder, the joy, the miracle was an uneasy slug through one bad circumstance after the other, until about mid-way through the novel. What typically encapsulates man is his inability to act in a given circumstance, usually by birth. As in life, fictional characters are born, slug through life, and die--all in one setting, as if there is no world beyond.

What sets "Job" apart and made this reader literally sit up and take notice was the family's move to America. What courage! What imagination to consider a world beyond a tiny Russian village! How unimaginable within context of fiction. I thought, Roth as creator is planning big here. If Mendel Singer is Job and suffers major losses as Job, how is he going to America? To what end?

Let me begin at the beginning. Mendel has a wife, Deborah. They have had three children, all pretty much grown when little Menuchim is born. If the word "freak" weren't probably politically incorrect, I would use it to describe the deformed, sickly, pitiful child. However, both Deborah and Mendel love him. When one of their sons immigrates to America to avoid being drafted into the Russian army (and sure death), he succeeds and sends for his family. Mendel makes arrangements for Menuchim to stay behind.

So, how does Mendel's story compare with Job's. One son goes into the army--lost. One son goes to America--lost. His daughter sleeps with Cossacks--lost. The youngest is deformed--lost. However, Deborah takes the child to a regional rabbi who pronounces a curious prophecy over Menuchim.

In America--and this is the last of the story I will relate--the daughter goes insane, one son is killed, one son is missing, and one son's fate is unknown. Deborah literally drops dead. Mendel is so upset with God that he puts away his bag of prayer materials and swears off God. His friends come and have a biblical discussion akin to the Job story in the Bible.

I was never convinced that Mendel suffered any more than any other human being. Oh sure, there are some humans who seem to lead charmed lives, but most of us live lives comprised of both gains and losses. However, Mendel is the subject of this parable, so Mendel I will consider. Although God does not restore all of Mendel's losses as He does for the biblical Job, the miracle He works is not to be missed. It's a mighty miracle which will cause the reader to stop and reflect: Can we explain the ways of God? Roth surely presents the miracle-wielding side of God, as if to say: When God performs a miracle such as this, His ways are clearly revealed, or at the very least, a compassionate side.
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HASH(0x981e9b10) étoiles sur 5 I couldn't stop crying or smiling 26 février 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
It is so good to see that people haven't changed in almost 100 years. What moved people then, still moves us today. Life has come full circle. It is among the wisest books about human nature and life's bare essentials.
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