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
Steve Stern writes of a cemetery whose tombstones "appeared to be marching lemminglike downhill toward the Interstate". Then the rabbi suggests that the person being buried was well out of this life, since God seems to be using this world as if it were a bedpan. The crowd is startled by this and wondered if...more
The chapters in this book alternate between past and present. Overall I enjoyed the chapters that covered the Rabbi's journey from Eastern Europe to present day Memphis, Tennessee over the curre...more
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
In truth, I found the family history part more compelling than the modern half. The events that befall this family from generation to generation pai...more
-Firstly, there was too much pointless Yiddish thrown around – and this is coming from someone who understood most of it. I can’t imagine how I would have felt if I hadn't had any grasp of the language.
-The stories were a little too long and dragged out. I think it could have benefited by being edited down.
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
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