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A summer’s reading

  1. 1. A Summer’s Reading Bernard Malamud
  2. 2. Bernard MalamudBorn: April 26, 1914 Brooklyn, New YorkDied March 18, 1986 (aged 71) Manhattan, New YorkOccupation AuthorNationality United StatesGenres novel, short story
  3. 3. Quote by Bernard Malamud"Without heroes wewould all be plainpeople and wouldntknow how far we cango."
  4. 4. A Summer’s ReadingFirst Published: 1956Type of Plot: Social realismTime of Work: The mid-twentieth centurySetting: New York City : The BronxCharacters: George Stoyonovich, Sophie Stoyonovich, His father, Mr. CattanzaraGenres: Short fiction
  5. 5. Major
  6. 6. George StoyonovichA nineteen-year-old high-school dropout livingaimlessly in the working-class neighborhood inBrooklyn. He "considered registering in a nighthigh school" but "he did not like the idea of theteachers always telling him what to do. He feltthey had not respected him."
  7. 7. Sophie StoyonovichGeorges elder sister, a "tall bony girl of twenty-three" who works at a cafeteria in the Bronx.She has to take care of the house because theirmother was dead. She sometimes reads "goodbooks."
  8. 8. Mr. CattanzaraA "stocky, bald-headed man who works in achange booth on a [subway] station," living onthe next block to Georges. He reads the NewYork Times "from the first page to the last"; inshort, he is the "intellectual" of theneighborhood. Sometimes he drinks too much.
  9. 9. What is in a name?George Stoyonovich – suggests he is from aYugoslavian immigrant family whereas MrCattanzara’ name suggests he is from an ItalianImmigrant family.Some people suggest that these names mean: Cattanzara meaning "chained" Stoyonovich meaning "stay put“(I could not find any proof of this but it does make a good story)
  10. 10. George’s FamilySister: Sophie works in a cafeteriaFather: Works in a Fish marketMother : Died
  11. 11. Setting:The BronxRailroad flat above butcher storeSummer
  12. 12. Interviewhttp://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/07/21/080721on_audio_hemonAleksandar Hemon discusses Bernard Malamud’s shortstory “A Summer’s Reading” with The New Yorker’sfiction editor, Deborah Treisman.. “A Summer’s Reading” was published in The NewYorker in September, 1956, and is collected in “TheComplete Stories.”
  13. 13. Vocabulary
  14. 14. Watchwordsthe Bronx section of New York Cityrailroad flat apartment near railwayball game base ballworld almanac mini encyclopediaNews and Mirror working class newspaperdough moneydrifted wandered slowly
  15. 15. ashamed
  16. 16. carpentry
  17. 17. dissatisfied
  18. 18. iron railing
  19. 19. mop
  20. 20. occasional
  21. 21. on an impulse
  22. 22. to quit
  23. 23. to register
  24. 24. to resemble
  25. 25. to respect
  26. 26. sidewalk
  27. 27. sultry
  28. 28. to wander
  29. 29. worthwhile
  30. 30. got on his nerves
  31. 31. ashamed
  32. 32. carpentry
  33. 33. dissatisfied
  34. 34. iron railing
  35. 35. mop
  36. 36. occasional
  37. 37. on an impulse
  38. 38. to quit
  39. 39. to register
  40. 40. to resemble
  41. 41. to respect
  42. 42. sidewalk
  43. 43. sultry
  44. 44. to wander
  45. 45. worthwhile
  46. 46. got on his nerves
  47. 47. ashamed
  48. 48. carpentry
  49. 49. dissatisfied
  50. 50. iron railing
  51. 51. mop
  52. 52. occasional
  53. 53. on an impulse
  54. 54. to quit
  55. 55. to register
  56. 56. to resemble
  57. 57. to respect
  58. 58. sidewalk
  59. 59. sultry
  60. 60. to wander
  61. 61. worthwhile
  62. 62. got on his nerves
  63. 63. Watchwordschange booth a place where you get change (right amount of money to pay for the train)New York Times serious newspaper read by educated peoplesquirt small thin boyshoot the breeze discuss somethingnickel 5 centbuck dollar2 bits 25 cents
  64. 64. appreciate
  65. 65. approval
  66. 66. as a favor
  67. 67. drunk
  68. 68. earnestly
  69. 69. embarrassed
  70. 70. erect
  71. 71. to figure
  72. 72. to hesitate
  73. 73. regard highly
  74. 74. stocky
  75. 75. an urge
  76. 76. to whistle
  77. 77. window ledge
  78. 78. to wonder
  79. 79. appreciate
  80. 80. approval
  81. 81. as a favor
  82. 82. drunk
  83. 83. earnestly
  84. 84. embarrassed
  85. 85. erect
  86. 86. to figure
  87. 87. to hesitate
  88. 88. regard highly
  89. 89. stocky
  90. 90. an urge
  91. 91. to whistle
  92. 92. window ledge
  93. 93. to wonder
  94. 94. appreciate
  95. 95. approval
  96. 96. as a favor
  97. 97. drunk
  98. 98. earnestly
  99. 99. embarrassed
  100. 100. erect
  101. 101. to figure
  102. 102. to hesitate
  103. 103. regard highly
  104. 104. stocky
  105. 105. an urge
  106. 106. to whistle
  107. 107. window ledge
  108. 108. to wonder
  109. 109. Watchwordsbeating it home running homepick him up make him feel bettercame abreast of came next to (alongside)shove pushpassable reasonablecrumbling apart falling apartrailed at shouted at
  110. 110. annoyed
  111. 111. to budge
  112. 112. deserted
  113. 113. to feel wound up
  114. 114. invariably
  115. 115. to neglect
  116. 116. to pile up
  117. 117. sneak into
  118. 118. stifling
  119. 119. to sway
  120. 120. to be tempted
  121. 121. uncomfortable
  122. 122. unobtrusively -
  123. 123. annoyed
  124. 124. to budge
  125. 125. deserted
  126. 126. to feel wound up
  127. 127. invariably
  128. 128. to neglect
  129. 129. to pile up
  130. 130. sneak into
  131. 131. stifling
  132. 132. to sway
  133. 133. to be tempted
  134. 134. uncomfortable
  135. 135. unobtrusively
  136. 136. annoyed
  137. 137. to budge
  138. 138. deserted
  139. 139. to feel wound up
  140. 140. invariably
  141. 141. to neglect
  142. 142. to pile up
  143. 143. sneak into
  144. 144. stifling
  145. 145. to sway
  146. 146. to be tempted
  147. 147. uncomfortable
  148. 148. unobtrusively
  149. 149. accidentally
  150. 150. to admit
  151. 151. confidence
  152. 152. disgrace
  153. 153. inward
  154. 154. listless
  155. 155. rumor
  156. 156. to struggle
  157. 157. to tremble
  158. 158. wilted
  159. 159. accidentally
  160. 160. to admit
  161. 161. confidence
  162. 162. disgrace
  163. 163. inward
  164. 164. listless
  165. 165. rumor
  166. 166. to struggle
  167. 167. to tremble
  168. 168. wilted
  169. 169. accidentally
  170. 170. to admit
  171. 171. confidence
  172. 172. disgrace
  173. 173. inward
  174. 174. listless
  175. 175. rumor
  176. 176. to struggle
  177. 177. to tremble
  178. 178. wilted
  179. 179. Chronology of Events• Nearly four years ago, George Stoyonovich had quit high school "on an impulse" when he was sixteen.• "This summer" [the beginning of the story] is a hard time for jobs and George, now "close to twenty", has none. Having no money to spend, he stays off the streets and spends most of the day in his room. Sophie urges him to read some "worthwhile books" but he is in no mood for them: "Lately he couldnt stand made-up stories, they got on his nerves."• One evening, while on his walk, George meets Mr. Cattanzara coming home very late from work. George tells him that he is reading one hundred great books in the library list. He wants Mr. Cattanzara to respect him.
  180. 180. • "After that", George does nothing different from usual but he finds the people in the neighborhood start calling him "a good boy." He feels himself being respected because of the books he is not reading.• "As the summer went on George felt in a good mood about things." He occasionally buys paperback books but he never gets around to reading them. Yet, "he could could feel approval on all sides." "For a few weeks" he talks only once with Mr. Cattanzara, who says nothing about the books. George decides to stay away from "the change maker."
  181. 181. • Then one night" George sees Mr. Cattanzara, a little drunk, walking toward him. He hands a nickel to George, saying "Go buy yourself a lemon ice, George," as he used to do when George was a "squirt." Asked to name one book on the list he has read so far, George cannot answer. After saying, "George, dont do what I did," Mr. Cattanzara leaves.• "The next night" George is afraid to leave his room. Sophie finds out that his brother is not reading a single book on the list and calls him a "bum."
  182. 182. • "One night," after staying in his room "for almost a week" George sneaks to the park unable to stand the heat. Unexpectedly, he finds people still friendly to him. A man on a street corner asks him if it is true that "he had finished reading so many books."• "After a couple of days," George sees Mr. Cattanzara again. He feels that Mr. Cattanzara "had started the rumor that he had finished all the books."
  183. 183. • "One evening in the fall," George runs to the library and "though he was struggling to control an inward trembling, he easily counted off a hundred, then sat down at a table to read."• http://www2.dokkyo.ac.jp/~esemi006/malamud/art/st_magic_barrel.htm#asr

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