I adore short stories – and here’s my attempt to convert you to the form. You don’t have to invest a large span of time to get a little lift: you can always put the book or AudioBook down and do something else. When done well, short stories are complete and of the moment for themselves: authors need to set a scene, a conflict, deliver characters that enhance and tell the story, and do it all in a few words. There is little to NOT like about short stories, when presented well with emotionally available content, or humor, or even sex: they have the ability to transport you for the 5 or 10 minutes it takes to read one.
But even more importantly, the short story is an entrée into moments in a writer’s heart: where they share the things they know, or imagine, in a way that allows readers from all experiences to enjoy. This is the second collection gathered and translated by Harvey Fink that I have had the pleasure of reviewing, and while I am utterly ignorant to the life and name of Moishe Nadir, this translation of stories from his pen have given me a way to enter the experiences and learn from a perspective vastly divergent from my own.
Skillfully narrated by David Skulski, delivery and tone are perfectly suited to the story. His smooth transitions from Yiddish or Yiddish/English hybrid words and phrases are smooth, and while I don’t understand a word of Yiddish, the stories all make the connotation of meaning easy as Skulski’s ability to impart an emotional overtone to the delivery enhances the understanding without overreach. These stories all carry a sense of immediacy, yet there is no rushing, no stress, and the overwhelming feeling is that you are overhearing the story, or seated at the teller’s feet, anxiously awaiting the next sentence. Nadir’s stories are far-ranging and unrelated but for the sense of a collected experience that is bone deep and presented for your enjoyment. I’m fascinated by the viewpoints and perspectives of other people: in reality as humans we all are, and this collection is an easy and enjoyable way to find that feeling for yourself.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
Title: That Is How it Is
Author: Moishe Nadir
Narrator: David Skulski
Published by: Post Hypnotic Press
Source: Post Hypnotic Press
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 42 minutes
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New York City’s greatest Yiddish writer was born Yitzchak Rayz in 1885 in the village of Narayev, in eastern Galicia, then Austro-Hungary. When he arrived in America in 1898, he became Isaac Reiss, and published poetry, prose, and drama under the pseudonyms Yud-ka Reyzh-zet, De Lancey, Dilensee Mirkarosh, Mir Karosh, J. Strier, Pilatus, Anna Donna, Dr. Hotzikl, R. Naldo, Der Rosenkavalier, Rinnalde Rinaldine, S. Firebird, M. DeNardi, and, finally, Moishe Nadir—the name by which he remains unknown.
A short story collection gathered and translated by Harvey Fink.
A copy of this title was provided via Post Hypnotic Press for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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