Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Slipping Beauty." Jerome Weidman.

One-minute review: Mr. Yavner delivers his seltzer bottles at all times of day or night, and when he delivers them at midnight to the narrator, and the narrator says he needs “to learn” to deliver at a decent hour, Mr. Yavner is off on a Jewish rant concerning his two daughters and learning in America. The older girl works hard, is good, and is not married. The younger does not do a damn thing, lies around in bed reading magazines and smoking “tcigarettes,” sets the apartment on fire and she has just been married to a fireman who rescued her and put out the fire. That’s what you learn in America: work hard and you get no husband; do nothing and you get a good husband. And Mr. Yavner slams the door as he leaves.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961. These summaries do not do justice to the vividness of the stories. RayS.

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