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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander
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Apr 11, 09

Read in April, 2009

This is Englander's first book, a collection of nine short stories with Jewish themes. Several revolve around the interaction between religious observance and modern times, modern challenges.

Generally, I am not a fan of short stories. I enjoy the plot and character development that longer fiction entails. Often after having finished a short story I think, okay, that was an interesting idea, but am otherwise left wanting. This collection of short stories is no different.

Some of the stories are interesting and well conceived. A few others were incomprehensible to me; I had no idea what was going on or what they were about.

Perhaps short story reading requires a care of attention that I lack. In any event, I wanted to like this book more than I did. For fans of short stories I think they would like this book much more than I did.

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