Hope: A Tragedy
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 pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His a...more
Auslander è ormai un personaggio con caratteristiche precise, il suo io narrante è un ebreo nevrotico, che si odia un po' e un altro po' si compatisce, ha molta paura, vive di sensi di colpa e sotto sotto teme tutto quel che lo circonda e teme anche che il suo Dio sia davvero la persona vendicativa e irosa del Vecchio Testamento
per cui prima di fare qualsiasi cosa deve pensarci bene, ponderare le possibili conseguenze e evitare ogni forma...more
Despite your personal feelings toward Auslander's outrageousness, I don't think anyone can deny that he has talent. And while this talent shines through in his first novel, it also wears thin, because there really is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Auslander writes this book as a cross between Philip Roth and Dave Barry, by which I mean you have a dead on, clearly 'been there done that' and resented it depiction of whiny wanna be Holocaust people - ie, ones who capitalize...more
One of the other reviewers compared this to a cross of Kafka and Woody Allen. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. This "novel" reads more like an extended fable to me.
Disclaimer: I was tempted to give this only four stars for not being funny to me, but, I think it's only fair to judge a book by what it is, rather...more
The story is this--a couple, Solomon and Bree, stretch their resources to buy a house they really cannot afford with the intention of renting out two of the rooms in order to make the mortgage. That seems like an inherently bad idea to me--they have a...more
The pseudonym is as telling as the tale. Poor Sol Kugel finds a dying Anne Frank in the attic of his new home in the sticks and is forced to confront his identity. Can a Jew toss the symbol of Jewish persecution out of his home, I mean, toss aside Jewish post Holocaust identity away? Hello Stranger, indeed!
But this is not a one joke, Woody Allen type story - this is, rather, an insane meditation on hope. For Auslander's character has been told by Professor Jove (God, the names!) th...more
This book reminded me of many people I have met who want to dra...more
What is that? he wondered.
There is an absence of quotation marks in this book. Interesting and no way detracts from the story. Even though I am not finished with the novel, it is so delightful, I am considering 5 Stars ~ a book that I will definitely want to read again.
Auslander's words cause me to laugh out loud, or at least chuckle. Back cover book blurb said "It will make very many people very angry." I...more
Personally, I found this novel saturated with biting sarcasm, scathing bitterness, and caustic cynicism...and I loved every word. There is no question that Auslander can write. He's quick and vivid, but that's not why th...more
After a day of reflection, though, I think what's holding me back from a higher review is...more
la vicenda ruota intorno alla scoperta che nella soffitta di Kugel c'è una persona importante. nientemeno che Anne Frank, scampata ai campi d...more
1. I like books with a strong life philosophy, and that is certainly this one.
2. I also LOVE smart people, foolish choices, and that is REALLY this one.
3. There is some great writing, Especially in the epilogue "Fiction will return, I promise you, especially when the...more
Also, the entire premise that he couldn’t kick Anne Frank out because it would look bad on him was ridiculou...more
So: You find yourself living with your wife and young son in a converted farmhouse in Stockton, California, a city known for abso...more
Solomon Kugel, a death obsessed neurotic, yearns for a fresh start for his family; so he moves them from the hustle and bustle of NYC to a farmhouse in the little known, (and little known for), Stockton, NY. Unfortunately, escaping his past - and his neuroses - proves an impossibility due to continuing family drama, his mother's hoarding and dementia, an arsonist who's goal is to burn down every farmhouse in the neighborhood, and a mysterious and annoying tapping coming from the att...more
Solomon Kugel is a neurotic obsessed with death who recently moved with his family to a farmhouse in upstate New York. One night he hears noise coming from the attic, goes up to investigate, and discovers Anne Frank living up there. But no...more
Kugel's absentee th...more