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The Frumkiss Family Business

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Thomas Mann meets Mordecai Richler in this outstanding novel of great intellect and humour that already reads like a classic.

The Frumkiss family doesn't look much different from any of the others in Toronto's Bathurst Manor. Grandpa survived the Holocaust; Grandma the Second came from Poland at the age of five. Dad's a foot doctor; Mom is dead, and her mother — Grandma Num
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Vintage Canada (first published January 1st 2010)
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Shonna Froebel
I found this book a bit odd and disconnected at first (but then I am not Jewish, despite living in Thornhill). It got better as it went along and I got interested in the characters and their interactions and motivations.
We change points of view often, which makes the story more interesting to me. We have Faktor and his second wife Chana as two of the main characters. Faktor is a Jewish writer who grew up in Poland and emigrated to Canada after the Second World War. The next generation includes h
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Kenneth
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book. Not that I am any authority on Yiddish literature, I was expecting the writing to be in that kind of tradition, but found the style to be more like that of Vonnegut or Vidal, or perhaps, to some extent, for what it is worth, Philip Roth or Mordechai Richler.

I was attracted to the piece because of its setting in Bathurst Manor, where I grew up, but then read that the author was from Lethbridge Alberta, of all places. I think Wex gives himself away as
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Lynda Kraar
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally got the premise and where the story right out of the gate. Cool thing - I was raised in Bathurst Manor and recognized the landmarks in the book. That was definitely a first. The characters and story line were - for me - a la Isaac Bashevis Singer: a good thing. Kudos, Mr. Wex.
Jennifer
A Canadian Yiddish story, spanning generations. Clever and entertaining.
Lauren B
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very very funny book. Wonderful satire. Full of "Wexisms"
Donna
Will look forward to hearing the author's review. I found this a shallow book.
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Michael Wex is a novelist, professor, translator (including the only Yiddish translation of The Threepenny Opera ), and performer (of stand-up and one person shows). He has been hailed as a Yiddish national treasure and is one of the leading lights in the current revival of Yiddish, lecturing widely on Yiddish and Jewish culture. He lives in Toronto.
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