The Assistant: A Novel

By: Bernard Malamud

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The Assistant, Bernard Malamud's second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who "wants better" for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But there are complications: Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store.

Like Malamud's best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers.

"His best novel . . . The Assistant is as tightly written as a prose poem." --Morris Dickstein in Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction 1945-1970

Title:: The Assistant: A Novel

Author:: Bernard Malamud

Categories: Fiction & Literature,

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux: July 2003

ISBN Number:: 0374504849

ISBN Number: 13: 9780374504847

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 20070607105286