The Assistant (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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When Frankie Alpine turns up at the Bobers' grocery store he is drawn into their struggle to survive in competition with the expanding supermarket trade. In this prison, world matters become tragically complicated as Frankie, a Gentile, begins to desire Helen, the grocer's daughter.

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Perfect... A lyric marvel --The Nation Rightness permeates this book... Malamud's people are memorable and as real as rock --New York Times Malamud takes a familiar, almost mythical theme, turns it upside down and irradiates it with originality --Time There is a binding theme throughout the book, a search for fundamental truths through the study of ordinary people, their everyday ups and downs, their mundane pleasures and pains... Malamud's vision, style and world are distinctly original --San Francisco Chronicle He writes with wisdom, compassion and humour... in the best tradition of Chekhov, Joyce and Hemingway --New York Times

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Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) was an American author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the great American-Jewish authors of the twentieth century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel The Fixer, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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