Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel [Shalom Auslander] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book The rural town of. Hope: A Tragedy. Shalom Auslander. Riverhead and a total lack of surprise when disaster occurs, should consider Auslander’s debut novel. We all know that the Holocaust is a great source of comedy, right? OK, maybe not , but in the hands of the brilliant US writer Shalom Auslander.

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Ultimately it’s a novel that will speak to the most revisionist of us, but provoke plenty of conversation either way. I found this book outrageously funny, but Hkpe am sure it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

If you’re not afraid to wrestle down those figures and interrogate the validity of their martyr status, then you’ll relish this supremely dark and twisty comedy of faith and modern life.

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander – review

A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander. Deal with it, says Auslander. And not just any old woman.

The father figure of the family in the boo The first thing that got me interested in this book were the very amusing “book trailers” I saw on the internet last month, featuring the author calling two other well known authors Sarah Vowell and John Hodgman in which Mr. This book is an original, well written work that had me laughing out loud many times.

Should I be worried? Auslander has continued his iconoclastic rebellion against his upbringing by writing a novel, Hope: Solomon Kugel is a neurotic obsessed with death who recently moved with his family to a farmhouse in upstate New York.

A couple weeks ago, I was helping my sister with a garage sale. As if some mouse were gently crapping, crapping on his attic floor. Dialogue between mother and son is excruciatingly funny. When a young Kugel asks why his mother has placed a lampshade beside him on the bed, she replies: I really enjoyed her first book.

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People who don’t worry about death disturb me. The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems, because it may lead to different interpretations in interesting contrast with the light, comic tone, from the idea that the laughter is meant to be only another aslander of crying, to the opposite one, that happiness is as meaningless as suffering.


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In other words, the novel is a tragical farce. Feb 22, Allan rated it really liked it Shelves: The age-old literary trope of discovering a crazy lady living in your attic and Whatever you want to say about Auslander as a Jew, he is a talented writer. It’s not always about you. So I only urge you to read it if you’ll come and tell me what you thought afterwards I can’t even say anything about plot, because the situation was the plot.

This book annoyed me to death.

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Please try again later. The father figure of the family in the book, Solomon Kugel, discovers a certain well know and young victim of the Holocaust is alive and, while not exactly well, is hiding in the attic of the upstate NY house he and his wife have just purchased and moved into, causing all sorts of problems, mainly for trageddy. Anyway, the book centers around Kugel, a neurotic figure much like the guy in one of the John Irving books, the one where the dad is terrified that something will happen to his kids and so of course something horrible does, and his recent purchase of a farm house appealing because it’s in a nondescript town that feels like a relief after the city.

Now, some people aren’t able to deal with farce—and I understand that—in so far as it traffics in the most implausible and outlandish plot points imaginable. I know this sounds like a very unlikely plot, but believe me, Shalom Auslander makes it work. Once that line is crossed, they ausander down and begin an adversarial relationship with the book.

I really didn’t think about how hot it was until I went inside, and there with the air conditioning, I couldn’t stop sweating! I love those topics. Hi, I just wanted to ask: There is something wrong with those who cling to its inevitability as a reason not to worry about it. He is patently not good for the Jews….


Apr 17, Elizabeth rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I’m going to stand up and say – I think this book is rubbish!

He reminds me of a certain goodreader that I have hugged much to his chagrin. In the story, Sol thinks back on his childhood, being raised by his mother in a single-parent household with the ever present theme of her suffering through the Holocaust. I have to say that I did laugh a few times toward the start of the novel, but as the book went on, I found it harder to suspend my disbelief, to the point that I was flicking over every few pages to see how long I had left to the end. Zero spoilere de la mine.

Hope: A Tragedy

According to his experience, Jews in America often imparted to their children such severe ideas of guilt as if to make up for auskander lack of suffering by punishing themselves and their family. Jan 12, Minutes Buy. Auslander started as a short story writer, and this really feels padded to novel length. Your diary sold 32 million copies because you’re dead.

Mar 25, K rated it it was ok Shelves: So it’s possible I missed something. There is no question that Auslander can write.

Meanwhile, downstairs Kugel’s Mother is obsessed with the Holocaust, constantly invents stories about being a survivor, along with bizarre claims like: His mother is hilarious and those are some of the funniest sections of the book. This is a mind-stretching discovery — by a Jew already engaged in an absurdist dialogue with his shrink about the meaning of existence — that leads to a torrent of audaciously brilliant Holocaust humour.

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. The characters felt like archetypes from a US TV show, familiar but hardly life-like, and the philosophical musings which attem This book annoyed me by the end, even though it was a quick read. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.