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Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perhaps Cynthia Ozick’s most famous book, this 1989 collection of two linked short stories about the Holocaust and its long aftermath is a triumphantly involuted and gorgeously self-lacerating traversal back and forth between the author’s mutually incompatible commitments—her iconoclasm, her zeal to smash whatever looks like an idol, a toy set up between human beings to seduce them out of their responsibilities; and her imagination, the autonomous trope-forging human faculty of which she is master, that magical power that dazzles the landscape with graven images. 1,109 more words

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A Transaction of the Will

“What we remember from childhood we remember forever – permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.” ― Cynthia Ozick

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10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2016

Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh). 1,874 more words



Cynthia Ozick was given front page real estate in the New York Times Book Review, with a devilishly catchy title, “The Novel’s Evil Tongue” (12/20/2015). Her essay refers to the Book of Genesis, where Eve listens to the serpent and is persuaded to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, as is Adam, her companion. 1,108 more words

Quality Of Attention

A 25-Year-Old’s Diary Entries From Mid-February, 1977

Friday, February 11, 1977

7 PM. I remember writing sometime last year about a day so magnificent it should be bottled and brought out during the depths of winter. 3,906 more words

Cynthia Ozick, Heir to the Glimmering World

Heir to the Glimmering World by Cynthia Ozick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

{Spoilers abound below. This is a novel as profound as those of its sources—Austen, Dickens, Eliot, James—it cannot be spoiled by a mere recitation of its events. 1,349 more words

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