Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a...more
As noted by one of the fine ladies at Jezebel, reading Foreskin's Lament felt much like reading A Million Little Pieces, which is to say... rapturously confessional, a bit too showy. [Author:...more
Alas, Shalom Auslander's problems with God aren't so easily shrugged off. His problems with God are all-encompassing, paralyzing, potentially life-threatening. They've followed him from birth, through adolescence, and now into adulthood, to the birth of his first child. They've followed him despite his attempts to break free of his Orthodox upbringing. They've followed him despite his attempts to embrace of his Orthodox upbringing. God, it seems,...more
Shalom Auslander learned early on that the God who was watching over him was one he describes as “eternally pissed off.” As a child, he developed such fear of this vengeful Old Testament character he still spends much of his time imagining the various ways God might murder his family in punishment for his own numerous sins.
Despite the very...more
As to Auslander himself, so sometimes...more
I definitely identify with the author, being brought up in the church (Southern Baptist/Methodist depending on the year), and wondering at the blatent contradictions and conflicts, yet being told that "God is great! God is...more
I liked the book's writing style, which made sense based I what I knew - very conversational. That said, I was a little overwhelmed by the author's view of religion and God. He was raised as a Orthodox Jew, and seems to want to leave that b...more
The difference between Shalom and me is that he grew up in an environment in which his religion was all-pervasive instead of just something that happened on Sundays. It's not v...more
Okay, I finished it. I have to give it four stars because I would feel guilty giving five to a book that repeatedly refers to...more
The book's "God sucks, God hates me" refrain also gets old pretty quickly. I'm not particularly religious, so my objection isn't to that at all. It's just because Auslander comes off sounding like a petulant child with no personal gr...more
Trente-cinq ans que cela dure. Trente-cinq ans d'une relation complexe, faite d'incompréhension et de pure terreur.
Alors, à l'adolescence, Shalom s'est rebellé : gavage de hot dogs, lectures pornos... Et il a attendu, tremblant, le châtiment...more
On the other hand, he has a saving grace (heh) which is his humour - furious yet sharp, bitter yet hopeful. Grow...more
E ho capito che il mio dialogo con Dio è assolutamente irrilevante. E anche il vostro lo è, se avete pensato almeno una volta nella vita che il detto “Piove sempre sul bagnato”, sia solo un modo gentile per dire che se Dio è là, e vi ha fatto oggetto di sì tanto accanimento è veramente uno stronzo.
Ma Auslander è molto più preparato. Perché lui con Dio ci parla ogni giorno, e progetta la sua vita a venire in base alle eventuali vendette di un Dio...more
'Memoirs' of a guy raised as an Orthodox Jew, multiple times lapsed and recovered, finally marries another lapsed Jew, they have a boy and he struggles with the circumcision decision. So I wanted to read this because I'm a big This American Life fan, and Shalom has had a few stories on there recently that I enjoyed. I knew that one or two of them actually came from this book, so thought it might have other goodies inside as well. Well, the best chapters were the body-watching ep...more
Like Auslander, I grew up in a suffocating Jewish environment and ultimately grew to resent the heavy-handedness of it all. Whether you were raised as a Catholic, a Mormon, a Hindu, a Muslim or any other faith, I think Auslander's characterization of the role of relentless religiosity in the mind of a young boy will be accessible to you.
I loved the writing. Some of the lines were laugh-out-loud funny ("Geographically speaking, Israel has only two seasons: Holy Crap It's Hot, and Holy Crap It's Cold."), and I loved a style he us...more
(that was then)I figure the best way to comfort myself with my ongoing sense of disappointment and frustration with my religion is to read about other peoples disappointment and frustration with their religion. this books seems as good a candidate as any.
Shalom Auslander, author of Beware of God: Stories (2005) and a contributor to This American Life, reveals his ambivalence about God through fear, black humor, and undirected anger. If Foreskin's Lament sounds like a terrible rage against God, it is, in parts, but it coalesces into a fascinating reflection on the role of faith and ritual in modern life. Most reviewers found Auslander's stories about his tormented life refreshing, moving, and humorous