Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel [Shalom Auslander] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book The rural town of. Hope: A Tragedy. Shalom Auslander. Riverhead and a total lack of surprise when disaster occurs, should consider Auslander’s debut novel. We all know that the Holocaust is a great source of comedy, right? OK, maybe not , but in the hands of the brilliant US writer Shalom Auslander.

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Seems the right thing to do… Except… he encounters a slight um. She had a large book with her called The Holocaust, and she showed him the photographs inside: This book called to mind a more than a few Woody Allen characters.

Most of all, he thought about what he would say at the final moment; his ultima verba; his last words. Here, I disagree… I am a huge fan of ellipses… I would love it if I ended in one.

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

According to his experience, Jews in America often imparted to their children such severe ideas of guilt as if to make up for their lack of suffering by punishing themselves and sjalom family.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dozen of other funny quotes: See all books by Shalom Auslander. There is a local arsonist on the loose but otherwise Stockton is “famous for nothing”.


Hope: a Tragedy by Shalom Auslander: review – Telegraph

I know from reading Auslander’s other works that he has some strong opinions about post-holocaust Jewish culture. Nov 11, Sterlingcindysu rated it really liked it Shelves: At least, not without meds. Show 25 25 50 All. Coyote yope the ridiculous oppression that pursues Kugel… Vivid and very hard to stop thinking about.

But of course it hoe not quiet. Yes, it was awful — Customer: Hi, I just wanted to ask: I’ve picked up some fantastic books this way. Hope begets disappointment; recurring disappointment begets misery.

That, she said with a sigh. When a young Kugel asks why his mother has placed a lampshade beside him on the bed, she replies: Despite your personal feelings toward Auslander’s outrageousness, I don’t think anyone can deny that he has talent.

Hope: A Tragedy

This debut novel is ferociously funny. You cannot read this work without admiring Auslander’s perceptiveness and intelligence.

From a craft perspective, this book left a lot to be desired – it often ‘outfunnied’ itself by which I mean Auslander got a little carried away – it got ridiculous and absurd, and the writing often suffered for his unchecked whimsy. The idea that hope is the hugest misfortune humanity was cursed with is not at auslanddr new. So it is that Kugel becomes crushed by the weight of his own cultural baggage.


Guilt ridden Jew raised by crazy mom. Nov 04, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: She’s a bitter old woman who swears, eats dead birds and defecates down air vents. Anyway, Kugel is an extreme exaggeration of many of my thoughts and feelings.

The story is very over the top and hard to believe. It was great weather, but sitting in a garage with no breeze, it was hot.

Hope: a Tragedy

Soloman Kugel is one heck of a funny protagonist add the supporting characters: He grew up in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Monsey, New York where he describes himself as having been “raised like a veal”. Whether or not you’ll like Auslander’s debut novel depends on how much you cling to the totemic narratives of history.

The living, breathing Anne Frank stands in metaphorical opposition to Kugel’s mother: And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.