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On the other hand, having now finished reading the book I have removed a star, and give it four stars.

The audiobook is narrated by L. A past junky with a penchant for violence, Willie, too, is a writer looking for a place to free his inspiration. Malamud’s imagination had been set going initially by a series of newspaper reports in January 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. Sep 18, Chrissie rated it it was ok Shelves: What is the underlying message of the book?!

Then he hears the sound of a typewriter and soon discovers that bermard 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.

But none of my previous knowledge about Malamud’s work prepared me for this edgy and disturbing masterpiece.

The Tenants: A Novel – Bernard Malamud – Google Books

Toward the end of the book there are times when the tale spins somewhat out of control as the protagonists malmaud in their own unique form of madness. Truth is, this story is all over the place. Basically, a book that makes you malakud and distrust black people even more than you already do. I guess this just wasn’t what I was expecting compared to the other two books I’d already read — it is much more experimental in nature, and not as in depth about the characters.

The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearm With a new introduction by Aleksandar Hemon In The TenantsBernard Malamud brought his unerring sense of modern urban life to bear maalamud the conflict between blacks and Jews then inflaming his native Brooklyn.


So let’s come to the present. Were there even two writers, or was this all merely the internal struggle of one writer?

Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. I just won’t go overboard with it. It’s very 60s, minis and beads, and pot parties and the like, and it’s totally fascinating and gripping. Apr 14, Jim Puskas rated it really liked it Shelves: After getting burned bad by Rabbit Redux and Updike’s retrospectively cartoonish take on “hip” African American culture in the ’70s I’d expected a similar letdown.

This books seems to predict the falling out within the “progressive” or “liberal” movement between Jews and Blacks and would be an interesting work to consider in the overall trend toward what we might call “more conservative” mainstream trends over the course of the ‘s in the U. I was at once attracted to it and also a little disappointed.

Problematic in ways it wishes to be, and ways it does not. It kind of gets tired. Twayne’s United States Authors Series. Probably was regarded as risky and risque material for a writer his age.

They begin a sordid affair. In this book Malamud shows a gallows humor beyond any of his other books and in places it can only be described as grotesque. But as a black writer, I guess it’s my job to write minority characters who are actually worthy of praise.

Nov 16, Stephen rated it it was ok. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont. Still, he has some well developed, interesting characters. This book is excellent.

When Harry beds one of the crew’s lady, after being invited to a party, Willie saves Harry by playing a game of insults. It’s infuriating to see such a bum of a character, even though he works hard at his craft. I disagree; it strikes me as brutally honest about the interracial and socio-economic tensions that existed in US cities then — and now. I picked this up to take with me on my current trip, which has me bopping all over the place in airplanes and capable of working only as long as my computer battery lasts.


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. It’s hard to find a book written in the past Hell, it’s difficult to find now where a black character is admirable unless he’s a slave and telling Huck Honey to get back on the boat.

The Tenants

Sep 04, Jon rated it it was ok. I’ll have to re-read the early pages to figure that out, but only once I’ve got to the end, which will be maoamud. It’s thrilling, terrifying, and strange if you write because the novel’s real subject is writing, about how it takes over everything, and all else is secondary, including love and lovers, family and friends. He tricked me into believing that it was a story about self realization in which malammud hero ties up all of his loose ends after learning his lesson the hard way.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 tenantx about what human beings driven by love and the burning desire to create art are capable of.

Malamud’s social commentary throughout the novel had me shaking my head in disbelief. We watch what happens. The other residents have moved after receiving lucrative payoffs. I bought an old mxlamud of Malamud’s “The Tenants” at a used book sale a year ago because I am familiar with and like his work and have taught some of his short stories in my introductory malxmud courses.

What is its message?