Translation ©1987 by Shocken Books, Inc., Translated With the Permission of the Family of Sholem Aleichem; (P)1995 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, a Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.
These beautiful stories deserve to be told and retold, and who can do it better than Mr. Bikel, who is practically as legendary now as Tevye himself? Literature as the story of life, up and down, with miracles and yet so often caught in the crossroads of history: Every human heart will be touched by such stories!
Don't worry about the poor audio on the sample, the download is fine. I am using quality 4 (because I have an old iPod) and there are no problems. I own this on cassette, so I knew that the performance was fantastic. Theodore Bikel knows how to deliver Tevye. If you love Fiddler on the Roof, this is a great way to get the stories that inspired the musical.
These stories are essential to the Ashkenazi Jewish self-image and mythos. This is the backbone of the Fiddler On The Roof script. The narrator, Theodore Bikel, does a fantastic job. A great listen!
As a series of stories written in the first person, this is clearly a work that is improved as an audiobook, especially as the story is told by a top-notch actor, Theodore Bikel. So much more of Sholem Aleichem's humor and pathos is expressed in this reading that could easily be missed in a quick reading of the stories alone.
There were many. I especially enjoyed Tevye's misquotes of Bible and Talmud.
Clearly it was Tevye as the main character. However, Bikel's reading was so good, it was easy to tell one character from another.
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