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Edward Lewis Wallant Ç 3 read The Pawnbroker review ✓ 103 F the Holocaust The Pawnbroker is likewise valuable as an exploration of the fraught relationships between Jews and other American minority groups That this novel a National Book Award finalist manages to be both funny and weighty makes it all the tragic that its talented author died at age 36 the year after its publication The book sold than 500000 copies soon after it was published. The Pawnbroker is a haunting powerful book about the vast gamut of human behavior including some of the darkest moments in human history But it s not a book about the HolocaustIt s about the cognitive destruction of a Holocaust survivor It s the haunting story of a man named Sol so embittered by life experiences that he has become immune to any form of human sympathy compassion or love He lives in constant desperation unable to find a release from horrific dreams and eually powerless to form a singular bond of tenderness with another person He lives in bitternessBefore the Holocaust Sol Nazerman is a university professor in Poland He survives the Holocaust but his wife daughter and son are murdered in Nazi camps His mind having been decimated by loss brutality and cruelty tilts upon the verge of collapse Sol settles in New York and becomes a pawnbroker in Harlem Here he survives but with a personality so broken by pain and suffering that he repels everyoneDay after day the wretched poor of Harlem flow in and out of Sol s shop begging for a few dollars from the depressed and broken pawnbroker for owned and stolen artifacts Already severely depressed Nazerman falls into even greater despair from the wretched display of broken lives that flow into his pawnshopWallant is an extremely gifted writer producing a taught flowing story replete with unforgettable characters and personalities Had Wallant lived than his brief 36 years he certainly would have become the eual of other great American Jewish authors including Saul Bellow Bernard Malamud Norman Mailer and Phillip RothThe Pawnbroker is an honest serious work of art about the human experience with fascinating complexity and haunting sorrow Wallant proffers an amazing exhibition of human power weakness tenderness and grace in the characters he writes about Deep within the thematic brilliance of The Pawnbroker the reader feels life through the eyes of each troubled character Wallant proffers an amazing display of vision and clarity in describing the insurmountable suffering of this aspect of the human experience Although the time period in this novel is 1960s America the characters situations personalities and travails ring true todayCharles S Weinblatt was born in Toledo Ohio in 1952 He is a retired university administrator Mr Weinblatt is the author of published fiction and nonfiction His biography appears in the Maruis Who s Who in America Who s Who in American Education and Wikipedia

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Edward Lewis Wallant Ç 3 read The Pawnbroker review ✓ 103 For most of us remembering the Holocaust reuires effort; we listen to stories watch films read histories But the people who came to be called “survivors” could not avoid their memories Sol Nazerman protagonist of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker is one such suffererAt 45 Nazerman who survived Bergen Belsen although his wife and children did not runs a Harlem pawnshop But t. In Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche writes that when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss looks into you The Pawnbroker a novel by Edward Lewis Wallant is about a man who has stared long into the abyss though through no choice of his own The abyss has made a home in his heart the difference being this is a conscious choice on his part Erich Maria Remarue s All uiet on the Western Front begins with a memorable observation This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession and least of all an adventure for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who even though they may have escaped shells were destroyed by the war I m not uite sure why but this came to mind when I was reading The Pawnbroker different as different can be I suppose there are odd subliminal similarities It s not a novel about a generation it s about an individual It s a story of survival and death in survival It s about a man who survived the Holocaust while all that he loved all that was most precious to him did not He too was destroyed he did not die though nothing of life remained The Pawnbroker was originally published in 1961 one of the first fictional works to touch on the Holocaust by an American Jewish novelist who had no direct experience of the event writing at a time when historical understanding was still at a relatively early stage of development It was a bold move almost foolhardy one would have thought but Wallant carries it off reasonably well There is one simple reason for this it s not about the Holocaust at all it s about a man washed up on a distant shore after the shipwreck of his life And that distant shore is Harlem in New York a subject the author clearly has experience in abundance It is there that Sol Nazerman runs a pawnshop He is a shell of a man emotionally disengaged suffering from what would be referred to in current fashion as post traumatic stress disorder His trauma is beyond comprehension beyond the comprehension of his mercenary sister and her family with whom he lives and supports in the fashionable Mount Vernon district beyond the comprehension of Marilyn Birchfield the well meaning social activist who attempts to reach out to him Nazerman a former professor at Krakow University in Poland is the walking dead Behind him are the shadows a young son who drowned in excrement in a cattle truck on the way to a death camp an infant daughter that he himself consigned to the ovens a wife forced into camp prostitution something he was compelled to witness who subseuently died in some unspecified fashion or the fashion that was specified for all But he survived with the guilt of survival There are flashbacks to the past but Wallant s real focus is on the present Nazerman feeling nothing in himself feels nothing at all for the suffering he witnesses every day for the desperation of those who come to his store desperate in poverty desperate in simple loneliness Ironically he despises them all in much the same way as the Nazis despised the Jews His clients are nothing they are scum to use his own word Haven t you got a heart one customer asks No he responds No heart But he does have a heart it s just locked in permafrost Circumstances combine to raise the temperature The anniversary of his family s death approaches a difficult enough time The business itself is no than a front for a racketeer who uses it for money laundering Indifferent to everything else Nazerman is also indifferent to where his money comes fromuntil he finds out that it comes from prostitution Then there is young assistant Jesus Ortiz full of enthusiasm only to be alienated by his employer s callous indifference to all around him to the scum swept into the shop by the tides of Harlem He agrees to take part with others in robbing the store but when one of the gang produces a gun contrary to previous agreement he steps in to shield Nazerman from death himself killed in the process It s the great cathartic moment of the novel And then the dry retching sound of weeping growing louder and louder and louder filling the Pawnbroker s ears flooding him drowning him dragging him back to that sea of tears he had thought to have escaped And he sat hunched against the abrasive roar his body becoming worn down under the flood of it washed down to the one polished stone of grief of grief And his aesthetic numbness left him He became terrified of the touch of air on the raw wounds What was this great agonizing sensitivity and what was it for Good God what was all this Love Could it be loveOh no not love For whom All these dark dirty creatures They turn my stomach they sicken me Oh this din this pain and thrashing Sadly the author died when he was still in his thirties I mentioned above that he was an American Jewish writer and here the stress has to be on Jewish for which his particular contribution was recognised But for this the ending is just too too obvious the symbolism palpable Nazerman is saved by Jesus He is reborn in the process a message I doubt that many Jews or Holocaust survivors would accept Was this his intention Was this the message Surely a name like Jesus could not have been used by accident even if it is common enough among those of Hispanic origin There are no answers here though it makes the ending at least for me a little weaker than a think Wallant intended Or is this really what he intended I simply don t know It s is a powerful book with a stark message about humanity lost and found It s well written for the most part wholly convincing in plot and characterisation But the ending oh the ending depending on your point of view it s a spiritual high or a perplexing narrative low Am I making too much of this After all what s in a name Well in Jesus uite a lot I suppose at least the outcast has at last learned to mourn The Pawnbroker is a book for its time and for its time and I do stress for its time it s a commendable piece of work

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Edward Lewis Wallant Ç 3 read The Pawnbroker review ✓ 103 He operation is only a front for a gangster who pays Nazerman a comfortable salary for his services Nazerman’s dreams are haunted by visions of his past tortures Dramatizations of these scenes in Sidney Lumet’s 1964 film version are famous for being the first time the extermination camps were depicted in a Hollywood movieRemarkable for its attempts to dramatize the aftereffects o. They don t write novels like this any There is such an inherent ugliness in The Pawnbroker and rarely does it ever let up Heavy handed morose darkly humorous and at times gloriously overwritten This is as much a book about the Holocaust as it is about poverty in New York City everybody is ruined in ways than one Rarely have such unlikable characters been so lovingly treated by their author Edward Lewis Wallant had that rare touch of hammering the reader with the grotesue and pitiful and then on the next page plucking the right heart strings and embracing the characters with a strange soulful empathyAn important American novelA beautiful passage And the pawnbroker stared just as yearningly as a freezing man stares at the last ember of a fire and suddenly sees how lovely the color of light can be

  • Paperback
  • 279
  • The Pawnbroker
  • Edward Lewis Wallant
  • English
  • 15 December 2020
  • 9781941493144