The Tenants of Moonbloom
Tenants of Moonbloom by Edward Lewis Wallant
Book DescriptionNorman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop-out who can't even make it as a deadbeat. His brother, a slumlord, hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan. Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a Holocaust survivor, and a brilliant young black writer modeled on James Baldwin. Moonbloom hears their cries of outrage and abuse; he learns about their secret sorrows and desires. And as he grows familiar with their stories, he finds that he is drawn, in spite of his best judgment, into a desperate attempt to improve their lives. Edward Lewis Wallant's astonishing comic tour de force is a neglected masterpiece of 1960s America.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781590170700
(200mm x 128mm x 130mm)
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Edward Lewis Wallant
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Joe Berman is a 59-year-old immigrant plumber facing the loss of his wife. The months that follow, as he fights his way to a new idea of life, death, and God, are part of his human season. But he also reflects on the years behind him.
UK Kirkus Review » Norman Moonbloom works as a rent collector for his selfish, money-orientated brother. Visiting his tenants regularly, Norman becomes embroiled in their lives and the moving stories they have to tell. The more engrossed Norman becomes, the more he associates much of their misery with the rundown apartments in which they live, and despairs at the poverty and decay linking them to their homes. After suffering an illness, Norman wakes a new man. Determined to make a difference in a society that overlooks those whose voices are seldom heard, Norman begins a journey of faith and courage as he sets about repairing his tenants homes whilst enriching their lives. Colourful characters and a gritty fifties Manhattan backdrop makes this is a deeply moving, imaginative and at times, profound novel as Norman takes the role of an almost Christ like figure. Deserving of a place in mainstream fiction, this is a timeless literary masterpiece guaranteed to delight, enthral, and never be forgotten. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Edward Lewis Wallant
Edward Lewis Wallant (1926-1962) won critical acclaim for his novels The Human Season and The Pawnbroker, which was made into the first American film to portray the inside of the Nazi death camps. After Wallant's untimely death, an annual award was created in his name to honor an outstanding work of fiction that "has significance for the American Jew." Dave Eggers is the editor of McSweeney's and the author of three books: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; You Shall Know Our Velocity, a novel; and Visitants, a collection of short stories. He lives in California.
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