The stories collected in Zlateh the Goat reveal Singer's fondness for his native Poland, particularly the villages inside the "Pale of Settlement," where Jews once lived in considerable numbers. Although life was often hard and many of the villagers were poor, Singer shows the brighter side of life as well. He is especially gifted in blending fantasy and reality, or imagination and the concrete perceptions of actual places, characters, and events. His stories reflect, by turn, reason and emotion, sense and sentiment, playfulness and maturity. They expand the reader's awareness of...
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