Isaac Bashevis Singer’s first collection of stories, Gimpel the Fool, is a landmark work that has attracted international acclaim since it was first published in GIMPEL THE FOOLby Isaac Bashevis Singer, The best work of Isaac Bashevis Singer is found in his short fiction, and “Gimpel the Fool” is one of his. “Gimpel the Fool,” which first appeared in English translation in a edition of the Partisan Review, is considered one of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s most notable.

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After he has baked the unclean bread, however, and lies dozing by the oven, Elka appears in a dream. She swore to it with such oaths that you would have believed a peasant at the fair if he had used them. I saw in a dream, at once, Elka in her shroud.

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On her deathbed she admits her infidelities to her isxac and asks him to forgive her. Yiddish literature, the body of written works produced in the Yiddish language of Ashkenazic Jewry central and eastern European Jews and their descendants.

By an apprentice who was her neighbor I sent her daily a corn or a wheat loaf, or a piece of pastry, rolls or bagels, or, when I got the chance, a slab of pudding, a slice of honeycake, or wedding strudel—whatever came my way. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. No doubt the world is entirely an imaginary world, but it is only once removed from the true world.

At dawn the apprentice came. But God gave me His help. In fact, as the story continues, Gimpel tells us that he does not always believe what the villagers tell him even though they think he does. Parse out its meaning in the story.


Simplicity is the fundamental principle of Singer’s narration. In this story the choice of the first-person point of view is particularly effective because it leaves matters open: Elka refuses to let Gimpel into their bed after the wedding, and four months later she gives birth to a boy.

The apprentice was a goodhearted lad, and more than once he added something on his own. It is a clearly articulated, well-defined fable that leaves enough room for ambiguity to entice the intelligent reader to visit it more than once.

It shows itself in this story in two ways—in the form and in his characterization. Elka does not stop her infidelities after her marriage to Gimpel, but he persists in believing in her primarily because he continues to love her.

My face was flaming. Lists with This Book. There’s so much in it you have to dwell about it for months.

Gimpel the Fool

Queste pagine raccontano con tristezza e con dolcezza la vita di un povero ragazzo di campagna limitato e credulone, e per questo vittima di ogni sorta di tne, andando da una semplice derisione a scherzi anche violenti.

Internet URLs are the best. The moon went out all at once. I quietly lifted the latch and went in.

She was dressed in a worn hand-me-down gown of plush. She had gi,pel reality never deceived anyone but herself, and now she is paying for it in the other world.

It has the ease and majesty of a classic novel, and it reaches, not for an immediate effect in its closure, but for an after-effect that soothes the heart. Sep 01, Ci rated it it was amazing. Few people can read it in Yiddish, but the translation is one of the best! His village is cruel to him, his wife uses him, and he cannot find a person, save perhaps the Rabbi, that expresses any willingness to show compassion or even friendship to him, and yet he chooses to believe.

Elka, who is known as the town prostitute, marries Gimpel when he agrees to get the town to take up a collection to raise a dowry for her. But ours is not a poor town. I felt not only that I was reading an extraordinarily beautiful and witty story, but that I was moving through as many historical levels as an archaeologist at work.


The grave waits and the vashevis are hungry; the shrouds are prepared-! Singer stated in a Commentary interview on November, that it would be foolish to believe the purveyors of fantasies about psychic phenomena—just as it was foolish of Gimpel to believe the fantastic lies he was told—yet the universe is mysterious, and there is something of truth after all in these fantasies, at least a revelation concerning the depths of the human psyche from which these fantasies emerged and perhaps something more as well.

Barefoot she stood by the tub, doing the wash. Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories was an interesting foray into Singer’s writing. Anyone interested in American culture. It could be any period during the foil five hundred years. How is this similar to, or different from, the way that Gimpel responds to the world? I went to the rabbi to get some advice. Yet within this world he has found emancipation and universality—through his faith in imagination.

These traits are not traits of a likable or even respectable protagonist. But then, who really knows how such things are? The longer he osaac the more he learns to believe, until even the people around him can see that he is truly wise.

His wife, Elka, is a living nightmare, a shrew of monumental proportions, a Shakespearean harridan.