AN EGYPTIAN BONDAGE And Other Stories by Jascha Kessler

AN EGYPTIAN BONDAGE And Other Stories

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These ten short stories, written over a ten year period, constitute a very mixed collection. The better half deals with various aspects of Jewish life in America and the most outstanding of this group is the title story. In An Egyptian Bondage a delivery boy for a Bronx drugstore, whose real life is focused on the movies, is seduced by his boss's wife who is the embodiment of all his movie queen fantasies. On the other hand, The Detective which deals with Solomon Acker's efforts to locate the food stolen from a resort hotel, for all its eventual portentousness, incorporates too much stage Jewishness so that the effect is almost an unintentional parody. Then there is The Dowry--a gothic horror of family life for two sisters whose accumulation of their dowry is their entrapment into spinsterhood and eventual disaster. And Second Honeymoon reveals some low-life activities in the midst of high-minded causes. For the rest...competent but not memorable.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row