Sunday, August 7, 2011

Asimov's father part 3

Asimov's father was one of six children who survived infancy, he being the oldest.

He had three brothers whose name Asimov knew - Ephraim, SAmuel and the youngest, Abraham Ber. Abraham had "something wrong with his legs."

Asimov's grandfather was "apparently," quite well-to-do by the standards of Petrovichi. He dealt in all kinds of grain, particularly buckwheat, and owned a mill that was in constant operation. He also owned horses and cows and "passed for a rich man."

Not long after Asimov's father started Hebrew school (at the age of 5) he began to be given little jobs to do in connection with the family business.

According to Asimov, this was why his father set him to work so early in the family candy store. " However, it was not something I planned to inherit, and I never really thre myself into it wholeheartedly."

Asimov's father never raised a hand to his children (just as Asimov's dad's father father had never done to his children).

"Hoever," continued Asimov, "...my mother, who was a terrible-tempered woman, ...raised her hand" to Asimov "any time she felt she needed a little exercise and then she reasoned with me, in addition, and at the top of her voice, for hours at a time."

"In doing so, she made use of an extensive Yiddish vocabulary of deragatory terms, which were coloful and expressive and, for the most part, imcomprensible to me." However, he liked the sounds, which were "full of Russian gutturals and sibilants,."

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