Reviews from 12/2013

The Spinoza of Market Street by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 8 December 2013

The setting is ultra- orthodox Jewish society and is about the lives of people in a small Polish town. Market Street is filled with peddlers, prostitutes, merchants and thieves and is placed side by side: juxtaposed against the more orderly world of Spinoza’s logic and reason.  The story is rich and full of twists and turns: inter-woven with philosophical points from Spinoza’s ‘Ethics.’  It provides a means of understanding by using the activities of everyday existence, accurately portrayed, to illustrate certain philosophical meaning…Read