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One might argue that it must be this way given the people about which the story is written. Amlamud he hears the sound of a typewriter and soon discovers that it belongs to Willie Spearmint who eventually adopts Bill Spear as a nom de plume who has taken over one of the abandoned apartments as his writing space.

I was at once attracted to it and also a little befnard. Sep 18, Chrissie rated it it was ok Shelves: Selected pages Title Page.

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Thirdly, there are sections where one word is repeated over and over again. At first, Irene and Harry make sense together. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Most of the characters are two dimensional, nothing more than dressing for set pieces.

Apr 16, R. He insists that he cannot alter his writing routine; he can only finish the novel where he had begun writing it. The story centers on Harry Lesser, a novelist who has seen success with one novel, followed by a sophomore stinker.

With that said I would have to point out that American Jewish writers of the post WWII era like Malamud, Roth and Bellow have a take on their “minority” status that is more sophisticated and nuanced than a lot of knee jerk pseudo-liberals might like to believe.

After starting two works of fiction that ultimately bored me, this book reminds me of why I love reading fiction! Lesser is the sole tenant remaining, until the day he hears someone plonking away at a typewriter.



It kind of gets tired. The constant, but seamless 3rd person limited to omniscient narrator can be a bit taxing and requires patience on the reader’s part. Truth is, this story is all over the place. I will definitely be seeking out Malamud’s other titles.

His landlord, Levenspiel, wants to sell his building; in fact, Harry mmalamud the only resident in the building. While both deal with Jews in New York and employ absurd plot twists, the premise here is vastly more preposterous. Racial tension figures prominently, I can’t deny, but it seems to be more a narrative tool than The reputation of The Tentants as a novel of Afro-Semitic race relations gave me low, low expectations.

It should not be that hard for a professional narrator to distinguish between an angry, down and out, Black seeking revenge, a Jewish landlord and a white, educated, Jewish author having two published books to his name, currently working on his third. Want to Read saving…. But, I can see how others may like it, and my expectations definitely impacted my enjoyment of it as a whole. He has been working on the novel for the last nine years.

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However, it wasn’t just because it simply was this in this style that made me dislike the book because I love other books that are both experimental and wider in scope — I just didn’t feel as emotionally invested in this one, and ultimately, didn’t particularly enjoy this book as much.

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Nov 02, Arash rated it really liked it. Just when Harry begins to find his groove, Willie Spearmint enters his life, squatting in an abandoned room downstairs. But then along comes Willie Spearmint, a black writer with major attitude. Apr 02, John rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was very surprised to find that The Tenants is so different from The Fixer in style, period and mood.

The reputation of The Tentants as a malamjd of Afro-Semitic race relations gave me low, low expectations.

Still, he has some well developed, interesting characters. Harry preaches form and structure to a young man whose world has no use for either, and the result is a schism that attains its pinnacle when Harry falls in love with Willie’s white girlfriend Irene, ultimately stealing her away from the other man. While acknowledging one another, Willie and Harry try to stick to business and remain very aloof, even cold towards one another.


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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.

Some open windows into the mind of another person that are rarely seen maybe by another master like John Fowles. They begin a sordid affair. The pacing is good and the plot interesting. Still, t Supposedly about man’s inhumanity to man, but really about one guy taking another guy’s girl when neither of them really give a shit about herand one writer trying to destroy another’s work although both are insatiably intrigued at what the other one is up to.

In this book Malamud shows a gallows humor beyond any of his other books and in places it can only be described as grotesque. The Tenants is the sixth novel of Bernard Malamudpublished in He tricked me into believing that it was a story about self realization in which the hero ties up all of his loose ends after learning his lesson the hard way.

Harry and Irene remain committed to staying together, though Irene wonders that he will not take from the landlord the money that will enable them to move, since at this stage Harry still insists on writing in the doomed tenement building, seeing Irene at her place only on weekends.