The End of the Jews
The ruthlessly engrossing and beautifully rendered story of the Brodskys, a family of artists who realize, too late, one elemental truth: Creation’s necessary consequence is destruction.
Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach’s bold new novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the
Then last year I stumbled upon a proof of his newest book, Rage Is Back, and was shocked to realize that the same guy had made a novel about graffiti writers in NYC in the '70s. I bu ...more
Jews are known to be negative. But in a comedic way.
Near the beginning of the book, Tris is describing his friend's lavish Bar Mitzvot to his grandfather who responds in typical jewish fashion with hyperbole. One can hear the old man, clearing his throat of phlegm and shaking is head and saying "It's the end of the Jews."
I grew up with these extremes. Just because something' ...more
I find his style absolutely charming. An example that comes to mind from the very beginning of the story (avoiding spoilers) is a description of a character going up the stairs in the apartment building, going up 'several blending food smells'* before reaching his destination, which took me right to an old rotten Parisia ...more
While I didn't find this impossible to p ...more
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Really, really well written, with characters you're not quite sure you like but are interesting enough you want to meet 'em anyway.
Mansbach's 2013 novel, Rage is Back, was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle and ...more