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Hope A Tragedy review Ê eBook or Kindle ePUB read È eBook or Kindle ePUB Î Shalom Auslander Shalom Auslander Î 3 free download Overs history a living breathing thought to be dead specimen of history hiding upstairs in his attic bad uickly becomes worse Hope A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every prese. Whatever you want to say about Auslander as a Jew he is a talented writer As a novelist though he leaves a lot to be desiredAssuming you can tolerate Holocaust irreverence the concept behind this book was actually clever A Woody Allen esue neurotic Jew Solomon Kugel moves his wife child and mother to a farmhouse in the country only to discover a decrepit Anne Frank living in his attic There s a lot here The age old literary trope of discovering a crazy lady living in your attic and the symbolism there The idea that for many American Jews the crazy lady in the attic is the ghost of the Holocaust that s so difficult to shake no matter how comfortable we may get in America The irony of juxtaposing Kugel s mother a very much alive woman with an illusory though intense claim on Holocaust experiences with Anne Frank a supposedly dead woman with genuine Holocaust associations And what that means in terms of whether the Holocaust is alive or dead and the people trying to claim the Holocaust for themselves for their own endsI ve said a lot but you may notice that I haven t mentioned plot Or characters You know the things most of us read novels for That s because there wasn t much of either in this novel We get a lot of Solomon Kugel s neurotic and nihilistic inner life ruminating on the concept of hope as something that brings us down Kugel s wife Bree is understandably frustrated with Kugel and his histrionic mother Anne Frank is foul mouthed and demanding So much for characters I can t even say anything about plot because the situation was the plot Kugel feels he has to keep Anne Frank s existence a secret from his family members why This was never uite clear to me while he struggles with the dilemma of what to do about her presence Kugel fears an arsonist burning down farmhouses in the neighborhood That about sums it upIt was a fast read but not fast enough actually as I found myself skimming the last half of the book So it s possible I missed something But I would say unless you re morbidly curious about what outrageous thing Auslander may have written in which case you ll probably be disappointed don t waste your time on this one Miss Whittier Makes a List rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every prese. 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Hope A Tragedy review Ê eBook or Kindle ePUB read È eBook or Kindle ePUB Î Shalom Auslander Shalom Auslander Î 3 free download FROM THE CREATOR OF SHOWTIME'S HAPPYISHThe bestselling debut novel from Shalom Auslander the darkly comic author of Foreskin’s Lament and Beware of GodA New York Times Notable Book 2012 The rural town of Stockton New York is famous for nothing no one was born there no one died there nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there which is why Solomon Kugel like other urbanites fleeing their pa. My top novel of 2012 In Auslander s absurdist battle between optimism and pessimism momentous tragedy and mundaneness nothing is sacred not the presidentially mandated virtue of hope certainly not those Jewish heroes Anne Frank and Alan Dershowitz not even the aesthetic guidelines for metaphorical language the sun was in the sky like a something The breeze blew like a whatever This debut novel is ferociously funny It takes the sarcasm and blasphemy of Auslander s memoir Foreskin s Lament to a whole new level of mordant wit There is something to make the reader laugh out loud on every page from the audacity and ridiculousness of some of his plot construction down to the twisted allusions to Genesis or Poe s The Raven It was evening it was morning it sucked A tapping As if some mouse were gently crapping crapping on his attic floor The plot is simple enough based on two facts the small suburban town of Stockton New York is experiencing a spate of arson attacks and Anne Frank is alive and dwelling in Solomon Kugel s attic where she is frantically tapping out her endless magnum opus a novel Kugel is a deliciously clich d Jewish sad schmuck exasperated with his Holocaust obsessed mother who just won t die falling behind in his job as a compost system salesman and trying to provide some semblance of a sane household for his longsuffering wife and three year old sonKugel s psychiatric help is provided by ber pessimist Professor Jove the voice of the Almighty himself who blames all the world s problems on an excess of hope hope that life will improve that humans can do anything to alter their fate The voice of Jove is contradicted by Kugel s brother in law Pinkus Stephenor here Auslander makes no attempt to mask his caricature of Harvard professor Steven Pinker whose latest theory is that humanity has naturally evolved to become better ie less violent than in the bad old days when wars lasted a hundred years Auslander s lampoonery might be a bit too facile but it is wickedly funnyThis was my most memorable book of the year almost every individual scene has stayed in my mind Coming back to it months later I still remember all the outrageous things that made me laugh or made me shake my head in confusion Hope A Tragedy is an iconoclastic marvel as hilarious as it is horrific and a damn good read to bootRecommended reading as a pair with the short stories in What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan EnglanderAlso enjoyably apposite is the following apparently real life dialogueCustomer Hi I just wanted to ask did Anne Frank ever write a seuelBookseller Customer I really enjoyed her first bookBookseller Her diaryCustomer Yes the diaryBookseller Her diary wasn t fictionalCustomer ReallyBookseller YesShe really dies at the end that s why the diary finishes She was taken to a concentration campCustomer Ohthat s terribleBookseller Yes it was awful Customer I mean it s such a shame you know She was such a good writerFrom Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

  • Hardcover
  • 292
  • Hope A Tragedy
  • Shalom Auslander
  • English
  • 28 March 2020
  • 9781594488382