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Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In this brilliant memoir, Howard Jacobson describes his journey to his ancestral home in Lithuania to discover his Jewish roots -- with stops along the way in the Catskills, Manhattan, Tucson, Los Angeles, Eilat, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Haifa, and Sefat. Roots Schmoots is fast, funny, and furious, but beneath its surface there is a profound and moving exploration of what it i ...more
Paperback, 502 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sep 27, 2007 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The "action" begins at a Catskills resort; being from the NYC area (though a gentile), it was fairly easy for me to get into the swing of things. Jacobson's treatment of "Israel's role in a 'Jewish identity'" (my terminology, not his) might seem harsh, though honest. The writing quality remains consistently high throughout, but I can't quite bring myself to give the full 5 stars; the final chapter in Lithuania seemed abrupt. Highly recommended.
This book was very good the first 100 pages, but it got old after that. I can read humor for a while but not 500 pages of it. the jokes get old. WAS HE FUNNY , YES, VERY FUNNY, I laughed out loud a hundred times but , it was just too much for me. I wish I had not started to read it but once I started ,I had to finish, I had to give it a little time each day to get thru it. OF COURSE,I SHOULD ADMITT THAT I DO NOT LIKE STAND UP COMICS EITHER
february 8th, 2011 i waffle back and forth. in itself its fun. he meets Hasidim in Lluandrono (sp?) Wales! and goes to the catskills for Rosh Hashanana (sp?) but it needs more attention than i can currently give.
The author describes his fascinating exploration of his heritage.
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Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, England, and educated at Cambridge. His many novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Who’s Sorry Now? and Kalooki Nights (both longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), and, most recently, The Act of Love. Jacobson is also a respected critic and broadcaster, and writes a weekly column for the Independent. He lives in ...more
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