The Frozen Rabbi
And what happens when Bernie Karp, the impressionable fifteen-year-old son of the couple in whose home the rabbi lies frozen, inadvertently thaws out the ancient man? Such are the questions raised in this wickedly funny and ingenious novel by author Steve Stern, who, according to the Washington Post Book World, belongs in the company of such writers as Stanley Elkin, Cynth...more
Sometimes, funny novels do little more than be funny; they don't really go anywhere, and the joy they bring is very limited. For me, CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES was just such a book. But other times, funny novels move into unexpected deeper directions and off...more
Stern is an author that cares both about the individual sentence AND the overall story. Absolutely go out and support this author and wonderful publishing house and buy, read and enjoy The Froze...more
"Sometime during his restless fifteenth year, Bernie Karp discovered in his parents' food freezer - a white-enameled Kelvinator humming in its corner of the basement rumpus room - an old man frozen in a block of ice."
Then it slides immedi...more
Intrigued by the title, repulsed by the story. A rabbi is meditating in 1800's Poland, goes into a trance while at a lake, doesn't wake up, is frozen in the ice, removed by a family, and kept frozen and protected by that family for over 100 years. I like multi-generational stories, but this is ridiculous. The rabbi (in his zinc lined casket so he doesn't melt) is brought to America, kept in a Kelvinator freezer, and then one day the Rabbi melts and is once again alive. The family which...more
If you don't know any Yiddish, go read something else first, maybe some old MAD magazines or another author - but you won't need much, and most of the terms are spelled out or obvious in context. There are plenty of interesting characters of the "put them together and stand back to watch" kind. Your willingness to suspend disbelief will...more
There are two narratives in alternating chapters of the book. One is the present time account of the teen who thaws out the wonder-working rabbi who has been kept frozen for over a...more
Every time I grew attached to a character, that character would be swapped out for a younger relative, resulting in a watered down portrait of the Karp clan. If this had been solely a story about a boy and his defrosted rabbi, it may have succeeded as a comic satire, but by interweaving that story with tales of the young Bernie's predecessors, Stern weakened all the plotlines.
Während ein über Jahrhunderte gefrorener, nun aufgetauter Rabbi sich mit Informationen aus dem Fernsehen in Vorbereitung auf die Neuzeit vollpumpen lässt, geht Bernie Karp seiner Familiengeschichte nach…
Gewöhnungsbedürftig. Am Anfang konnte ich noch eine gewisse Situationskomik ausmachen, die aber zunehmend verflog. Die Unterteilungen der einzelnen Jahresabschnitte machte es zwar einfach, die Handlungsstränge zu unterscheiden, aber da sich Stern beinahe nur in der Verg...more
The Karp family are hiding something in their freezer, and it isn't large thick slabs of glorious bacon ; although if certain accounts are to be believed it may taste something like pork. Fifteen year old couch potato Bernie Karp ( the novel's primary protagonist) happens upon his family's heirloom whilst searching for an attractive piece of meat which he intends to put to use in a rather inappropriate manner. Hunger pangs emanating just south of his stomach Bernie comes face to face with a full...more
The book begins at the turn of the 21st century, when teenager Bernie Karp finds a rabbi frozen in a block of ice in the family's chest freezer. The story then bounces between the rabbi's adventures once he is thawed and the s...more
Bernie Karp is a fifteen-year old who has discovered a frozen rabbi in his parents freezer, while he was looking for “a slab of meat”. Imagine his surprise! What is more surprising is the fact that the rabbi managed to defrost in perfect condition during an electrical storm. This is where...more
I picked this one up for free at a galley sale, where a local bookstore here gets rid of as many of their advance printings as they can so that they have space for more to show up. Based on the melting hat on the cover and the description on the back, it...more