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Jew Boy

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Jew Boy tells the story of a young boy growing up in the complex shadow of his mother’s survival of the Holocaust. He struggles to comprehend what it means to be Jewish as he deals with the demons haunting his mother and attempts to escape his wretched home life by devoting himself to high school football. He eventually hitchhikes across the country, coming face-to-face wi ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published October 10th 2001 by Foxrock Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dan Sifri
Jew boy/ Alan Kaufman
I'm interested in Jewish life in America. So this autobiographical book has the favorite ingredients to my taste. and it is really is fascinating to me: the writer is telling us about his childhood and early life and what it's like to grow up in the Bronx to a mother, who is a Holocaust survivor, loading him with all her problems and guilt feelings that she had, and a father who was born in America, but with no education and therefore had to work in a physical job with litt
Jeannette Katzir
Reading Jew Boy was a lot like being in a car, heading to someplace nice, but he road there was a combination of bumpiness, swirls and detours and at the end you end up not exactly where you thought you would.
Jew is written beautifully, BUT, and no offense to the author who is the main character of the memoir, but I didn't like you at all. He was unlikeable and I had absolutely no pity for him. The end of the book was disjointed and made no sense, but jumped around, trying in some way to close
Alan Kaufman did a wonderful job describing his life as he grew up. From his upbringing in the Bronx to the many escapades he had made this book read more like a novel. He wrote of his many travels across the United States and overseas and of the many different types of people he met and cultures. He had a wild ride, but to him it was worth every minute.

Thanks for a wonderful book Mr. Kaufman.
Lois Flaherty
Writing is brilliant at times. Very absorbing but with significant hiatuses. His slide into alcoholism isn't described. He hardly mentions his twin brother after his childhood. His struggles with his identity as a Jew and with his abusive childhood are movingly described however.
This book needed an editor. And it could have stood to have been broken into two or three separate books. It seems like a rough draft. Sometimes he comes across as petulant or whiny or otherwise unpleasant but there is something in that that seems insightful though.
Brilliant autobiography. Alan Kaufman has not only channeled the beats, he IS a beat, through and through. Like children of alcoholics, children of holocaust survivors have their own harrowing stories to tell.
A big read about the son of a Holocaust survivor. As I am the daughter of one, this resonated strongly. And he is a survivor himself. Perhaps we, the first post war generation also had to survive.
It started off well and was interesting to read about his childhood. But the last part of the book felt rushed
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Alan Kaufman's novel Matches was published by Little, Brown and Company in the Fall of 2005. David Mamet has called Matches "an extraordinary war novel," and Dave Eggers has written that "there is more passion here then you see in twenty other books combined." Kaufman's critically-acclaimed memoir, Jew Boy (Fromm/Farrar,Strauss, Giroux), has appeared in three editions, hardcover and paperback, in
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