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Sep 04, Jon rated it it was ok. The Tenants Bernard Malamud Snippet view – May 08, Cat rated it it was amazing. While acknowledging one another, Willie and Harry try to stick to business and remain very malamu, even cold towards one another. It’s not that I bernarr enjoy that kind of story, but The Tenants is just so much more than that. He creates slowly and meticulously, as Malamud himself famously did.

This part becomes a bit much, but is handled deftly by Malamud’s technical skill and tge abilities. This story is uncomfortable, nail-bitingly suspenseful, unsettling, disturbing, and at times offensive–all of the things a good book should be–but you will come away from it with a sense of wonder and terror about what human beings driven by ebrnard and the burning desire to create art are capable of.

Truth is, this story is all over the place.

There’s some wonderful conflict in this story. This we learn is Willie Spearmint.


He tricked me into believing that it was tenahts story about self realization in which the hero ties up all of his loose ends after learning his lesson the hard way. Malamud explores these two seemingly polar approaches to creativity and the world at large by bouncing the two men of each other violently.

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I thought I’d say a word. Eventually he becomes angry with Harry for robbing him of his ability to write naturally, as he has become more and more aware of esthetic difficulties. Nov 16, Stephen rated it it was ok. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Malamud’s imagination had been set going initially by a series of newspaper reports in Tenats on New York slum landlords, seeking to get lingering tenants out of apartment properties which the landlords wished to sell off or tear down and convert into new office buildings.

I couldn’t tell what was dreams, what was imagined, what was novel. But his writing style, as far as Lesser is concerned, stinks. Books by Bernard Malamud. This novel’s conflict, current then, is perennial now: Not as good as earlier Malamud.

Jul 24, Berbard rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And maybe that wasn’t the case, and if so, Malamud did a wonderful job painting chaos without having to be submersed in it. Willie seems to think he has all malamuf answers.

Harry is in the final stages of writing a novel and, fearing the disruptive effects that packing up and moving will have on his creative process, has decided Bernard Malamud’s The Tenants, published inis the fraught story of the novelist Harry Lesser, last remaining tenant of a dilapidated New York apartment building. On the bright side, it was a very quick read. Secondly, the prose is choppy. I kind of get sick of the whole writer writing about a writer writing thing.

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But things seem to keep getting in the way of him finishing this novel. It was an interesting character study to say the least, and it was refreshing to read. My God, that was a good book!

That mixed with certain Hemingway touches was perhaps an original mix, but ultimately I felt derivative. As such, the ending of his novel eludes him. Bednard a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Tenants

So back to Malamud: Harry, alone in a building with thirty rental units, discovers one day that he is not alone, that another writer is using one of the vacant apartments for creative purposes. As the story unfolds, all the building’s residents have moved out with the exception of Lesser, who believes he’s the sole remaining occupant and plans on staying until he completes his third novel.

May 14, Rita rated it did not like it.