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Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander
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May 29, 2008

really liked it
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Recommended for: Yids and Goyishe who likewise lament

Upon learning from a rabbi at schul that a classmate's newly deceased father was probably taken early by God because of sins committed by his (the dead father's) son (the classmate), a young Shalom Auslander, seeking to expedite the process in his own household, starts sinning as much as possible, flipping light switches on and off on Shabbas, saying the wrong prayers on purpose, and worse things. Mr. Auslander's life goes on, terribly, from there, and the old bastard won't die. Given all the memoirs out there about the love-and-hate relationships people have with God, it's refreshing to get one that's entirely fear-and-loathing. It's funny, brutal stuff. A little uneven at times. But lamentably good.
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Leonard Chapter 1 is great. So is chapter 4. The rest while funny in very uneven. Let me know what what you think.

Gail I am three quarters of the way through and I do agree with your assessment. Sometimes, it's funny and the rest of the time, it's irritating.

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