By Shalom Auslander
Violent rabbis, lovelorn other halves, a hectic Grim Reaper, shame-filled simians, and one heavily offended deity populate this funny and disquieting collection.
Shalom Auslander's tales in Beware of God have the mysterious punch of a dream. they're vast ranging and artistic: a tender Jewish man's inexplicable transformation right into a very huge, blond, tattooed goy ends with a Talmudic argument over even if his father can beat his unclean son with a duplicate of the Talmud. A pious guy having a near-death adventure discovers that God is admittedly a bird, and he's pressured to re-examine his lifestyles -- and his vitamin. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches domestic Depot for offers for an ark. And a tender boy error Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness education for the longer term.
Auslander attracts upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish group in big apple kingdom to craft tales which are jam-packed with disgrace, intercourse, God, and loss of life, but in addition be capable of be wickedly humorous and poignant.
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How come I ﬁnd myself talking to a pussycat? What have you done with the real Eric Braeden? “Arrogant” isn’t really the right word, it is a sense of integrity, it is a sense of knowing who I am, and I will not kiss someone’s ass in order to get somewhere. Either buy what I have to offer, or don’t—and I don’t give a damn. I am really most cooperative when I work with people if they approach me on an equal footing. But when I detect any kind of condescension, I’ll come after you. I’ll come after you so fast, you have no idea.
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