Circle Book Group

This meeting will be at Marie Ariel’s (617) 492-2765 ~ mgariel@redpine.info ~ 41 Amory St., Cambridge. There’s one cat who is out of the way during the meeting.

BOOK: The adventures of Mottel: the cantor’s son / Sholem Aleichem. H Schuman, 1953. There are several translations/editions. For the one listed above there are 7 copies in the Minuteman Library Network (MLN) and 3 copies at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Other editions: Tevye the dairyman and Motl the cantor’s son (1 copy in MLN) and The letters of Menachem-Mendl … and Motl the cantor’s son (1 BPL copy).

[One Amazon reviewer writes:] Thanks to Fiddler on the Roof, Sholom Aleichem is known predominantly for creating Tevye the Milkman. But to me, Sholom Aleichem's most enduring character is probably Mottel. People like to say that Mottel is an ordinary boy with boundless optimism. And, in many ways, they're right. For a boy who sees and understands so much petty and needless cruelty, Mottel is indeed an optimist. But what strikes me most about Mottel is how accurately he sees his world (warts and all) and how he rebels against its injustices. For Mottel draws. And he draws everything. There is a greenhorn hanging out by the family stand, making a nuisance of himself? Mottel draws him. Brocha of the big feet and bigger mouth makes Mottel's life a misery? Mottel draws her (or rather her giant foot).”]