Review of the people of the books 18 classics of jewish literature by adam kirsch review by jerry woolpy kirsch covers works chronologically from philo 15 bc to 45 ce to sholem aleichem 1859 to 1916 his summaries are forthright and readable even of works that if read in the original would be tedious and boring to the average reader. The people and the books book read 22 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers start by marking the people and the books 18 classics of jewish literature as want to read want to read saving adam kirsch is the author of two collections of poems and several books of poetry criticism. In this insightful and comprehensive volume kirsch has chosen 18 classic works of jewish literature through which he tells the unique story of the jewish people and of jewish thought throughout the ages the books segue seamlessly from one work to the next each classic building upon the last in terms of history and jewish tradition. The people and the books 18 classics of jewish literature adam kirsch author the people and the books 18 classics of jewish literature paperback endorsements reviews an astute and accessible introduction to 18 jewish literary classics kirschs laser focus on these works most topical themes makes them feel so urgent that . Adam kirschs new book the people and the books is a close reading of eighteen influential pieces of jewish literature from across the ages his selections include the bible as well as works of philosophy history ethics autobiography and mysticism
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