Now that I’ve extricated myself from my social media addiction, I’m slowly regaining the pleasures of reading. My nightly ritual involves taking in a couple of chapters of In My Father’s Court by Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer before turning into bed. The book has been on my backlog for quite some time. I got it from Book Sale at P60 last year and I went through the first few chapters before putting it away. Now I’m hooked and I have something to look forward to at the end of the day.
In My Father’s Court is Singer’s memoir of his childhood in the Warsaw ghetto. The title refers to his father’s occupation as a rabbi often called to mediate in disputes, what is called the din torah. The stories are episodic, not always with any concrete resolution, very Chekhovian in flavor. That put me off at first, but then the simplicity of style in which the character of the people come forth really won me over. This is a book I’ll be keeping and rereading for a long while.