Read in Yiddish by David Rogow
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller CJH Book Store
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
The Jewish Book Center
of the Workmen's Circle
45 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
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Introduced by Cynthia Ozick and David Fishman. Co-produced by David Rogow and Lisa Epstein. English synopses by Paul Glasser.
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Here, the narrator is a rooster who explains how the one word of his language, cock-a-doodle-do, is far more meaningful than the incessant chatter of people. The wisdom of a rooster can teach people many things, which he illustrates with tales of his five wives.
Manger's anachronistic twist gives a new interpretation to a biblical story: in order to impress each other, Jacob and Rachel put on airs, attempting to speak like Viennese bourgeoisie.