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Hope: A Tragedy

Who the f do you think you are? If you don’t know what you’re missing, then perhaps you’re pretty happy. Also enjoyably apposite is the following apparently real-life! Guilt ridden, trying to get through targedy, expecting the worst, and so often facing the worst, Solomon Kugel tries to endure, to overcome the worst, but is constantly met with unfailingly tough opposition, usually in the form of his family his mother, who maintains she is a Holocaust survivor, although she clearly isn’t, his wife a frustrated writer who worries constantly over money, his sister in law and husband, who cannot have children, but try loudly to conceive every time they spend the night, etc.

Auslander started as a short story writer, and this really feels padded to novel length. So I’ve got to start trageedy all that by saying I liked this quite a bit more than I thought I would. There is a tendency in contemporary literature to make fun of everything, to buy an audience with cheap jokes. Were they supposed to find him a giant bug wife, and let them have giant bug children before they could finally, without judgment, move on with their already miserable lives?

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Its narrative voice is that of the witty shalo, — a classic, Jewish comic stance there are echoes of Woody Allen and Joseph Heller. I have to say that I did laugh a few times toward the start of the novel, but as the book went on, I found it harder to suspend my disbelief, to the point that I was flicking over every few pages to see how long I had left to the end.

It was great weather, but sitting in a garage with no breeze, it was hot.

Gerald Jacobs assesses a disarmingly funny, iconoclastic novel. Kugel asked, pointing to the lamp shade she had placed beside him on the bed. And this song is really irritating and doesn’t at all describe me.

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Dares to examine sacrosanct Rragedy symbols in the wake of the Holocaust. Not an ellipsis, though. Now with Less Genocide. There’s a lot here.

Read it Forward Read it first. He remains caught between the desire to make things better and the belief that disaster lurks behind every street corner throughout the aualander, Kugel jots down possible “last words” in a special notebook so that, when the time comes, he will be ready with the appropriate bon mots.

A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, auslannder with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. Coyote about the ridiculous oppression that pursues Kugel… Vivid and very hard to stop thinking about.


It is hard to watch the self destruction when it seems as absurd and unlikely.

I really didn’t think about shaom hot it was until I went inside, and there with the air conditioning, I couldn’t stop sweating!

Guilt ridden Jew raised by crazy mom. Her shoulders hunched up around her ears, and a massive hump on her back forced her skull forward so that she faced the ground, head bowed, even when looking straight ahead.

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And she was born in Brooklyn. In the farmhouse, she wakes up screaming every morning: Kugel is a strange mixture of hero and antihero, a modern Don Quixote who chose to mock instead of honouring sacred images: It’s a good read, to be sure, but I found myself getting impatient.

Mar 17, Rachelle Urist rated it it was amazing. Ellipses are infinity… they are beautiful. I know it seems too silly for belief and that is why I couldn’t give it 5 stars, but any book that is this outrageously irreverent and humorous deserves a read. Hope begets disappointment; recurring auslandeer begets misery. Unfortunately he must bring along his old dying mother, a non-holocaust survivor who nevertheless has taken on all the guilt and an Darkly comic and wallowing in pessimism, Hope: