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Foreskin s Lament Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God Even as he grew up defying and eventually being cast out of his community he could not find his way to a life in which he wasn t locked i

  • Title: Foreskin's Lament
  • Author: Shalom Auslander
  • ISBN: 9780330453547
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Foreskin's Lament By Shalom Auslander, Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God Even as he grew up, defying and eventually being cast out of his community, he could not find his way to a life in which he wasn t locked in a daily struggle with Him Foreskin s Lament is a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith, his family and his community Bracing and witty NShalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God Even as he grew up, defying and eventually being cast out of his community, he could not find his way to a life in which he wasn t locked in a daily struggle with Him Foreskin s Lament is a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith, his family and his community Bracing and witty Never, frankly, can there have been a blasphemous book Foreskin s Lament somehow expresses the ideas of Richard Dawkins in the tone of David Sedaris You can read it for the humour, you can read it as reportage into a secretive and bizarre world, you can read it as a personal tale of triumph over adversity, or you can just read it for the misery It doesn t really matter But do read it William Sutcliffe, Independent on Sunday One of the funniest books I ve ever read, killingly so Hilary Spurling, Observer Exceptional very, very funny Time Out Painfully poignant and hilariously noir Jewish Chronicle By turns hilarious and devastating Few books are laugh out loud funny This one is Naomi Alderman, Sunday Times America s hottest, funniest, most controversial young Jewish memoirist blackly hilarious, groundbreaking The Times

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    1. I would have given this book five stars, but God may have frowned upon that and punished me for it by sicking a virus on my computer That would be so God.

    2. Philip Roth and Augusten Burroughs had a baby As one might expect, it s in no mood The only real surprise is that they would name it Shalom.

    3. from page 71 I wonder sometimes if he and I suffer from a metaphysical form of Stockholm syndrome Held captive by this Man for thousands of years, we now praise Him, defend Him, excuse Him, sometimes kill for Him, an army of Squeaky Frommes swearing allegiance to their Charlie in the sky My relationship with God has been an endless cycle not of the celebrated faith followed by doubt, but of appeasement followed by revolt placation followed by indifference please, please, please, followed by fuck [...]

    4. It s challenging to give a rating to this book, so I ll just stick with a nice neutral three As an Orthodox Jew, it s hard to keep my own feelings out of it, feelings which fell all over the map So I guess three is a fair rating, since love hate is probably the best description of my reading experience.I loved the writing Some of the lines were laugh out loud funny Geographically speaking, Israel has only two seasons Holy Crap It s Hot, and Holy Crap It s Cold , and I loved a style he used which [...]

    5. I loved loved LOVED this memoir Auslander is very, very bitter that he was raised an Orthodox Jew with an abusive father and, in his opinion, an abusive Father as well He sees God as an asshole who exists just to fuck with people, and he s pretty pissed off about it And yet he s convinced God exists, so he lives in perpetual fear that God s about to kill his son or wife or otherwise take away something he loves, just to be a dick And so he s in a constant discussion with God Fuck you But please [...]

    6. Spoiler Below Maybe Shalom Auslander doesn t have a penis with foreskin I don t have a penis period An irrelevant difference Soooooo much material in his memoir makes me say, Shalom Auslander thinks my thoughts and or I think his When Auslander asks a female friend, an Orthodox Jew eager to discuss Reb Zalman and the Rambam, Have you ever read Samuel Beckett 247 , I hear my voice Then when the friend inquires, What did he write I can hear myself in Auslander s response L ife is a pointless, trag [...]

    7. I believe in God It s been a real problem for me.Alas, Shalom Auslander s problems with God aren t so easily shrugged off His problems with God are all encompassing, paralyzing, potentially life threatening They ve followed him from birth, through adolescence, and now into adulthood, to the birth of his first child They ve followed him despite his attempts to break free of his Orthodox upbringing They ve followed him despite his attempts to embrace of his Orthodox upbringing God, it seems, just [...]

    8. IO CREDO IN DIO E UN VERO PROBLEMA, PER MEDio qui,Dio l ,Dio ovunqueIn ogni d.Il tema, trasfuso fin dall asilo nelle menti dei bambini ebraici con una filastrocca che sembra un innocuo giochino, ossessivamente ripetuto nel corso del libro, dalla prima all ultima pagina.Auslander ha un rapporto personalissimo con Dio, presenza opprimente, incazzosa e vendicativa, che condiziona la sua vita in modo devastante.Nel libro racconta, con un umorismo poco politically correct, tutti i tentativi che ha fa [...]

    9. Una volta credevo in Dio Poi ho scoperto AuslanderE ho capito che il mio dialogo con Dio assolutamente irrilevante E anche il vostro lo , se avete pensato almeno una volta nella vita che il detto Piove sempre sul bagnato , sia solo un modo gentile per dire che se Dio l , e vi ha fatto oggetto di s tanto accanimento veramente uno stronzo.Ma Auslander molto pi preparato Perch lui con Dio ci parla ogni giorno, e progetta la sua vita a venire in base alle eventuali vendette di un Dio scontento Mica [...]

    10. This is a fascinating and darkly funny account of one man s attempts to live under the vengeful God he inherited as a part of his orthodox Jewish upbringing Shalom Auslander learned early on that the God who was watching over him was one he describes as eternally pissed off As a child, he developed such fear of this vengeful Old Testament character he still spends much of his time imagining the various ways God might murder his family in punishment for his own numerous sins.Despite the very heav [...]

    11. Man, I feel like I was waiting for this book forever Auslander, author of Beware of God and frequent contributor to This American Life note to my dad you heard him do one of his pieces I think the one about how he wasn t allowed to throw away anything with his name on it, b c Shalom is one of God s names, or maybe it was the one about how he watched over the dead for a part time job , has written a caustic and funny memoir about growing up religious, and how all his conflicts came to a head when [...]

    12. I went through a lot of indecision in the star givings for this one On the one hand, a lot of it was disturbing and bothersome, and I had to skip some passages out of sheer disgust On the other hand, it was funny, well written, thought provoking and a rather interesting examination of frumkeit So bottom line, once I got in the second half of the book, I was a lot interested and engaged, and I left with an overall appreciation for the book s strength.As to Auslander himself, so sometimes I got a [...]

    13. I read this book at my parents house in December when I was home for the holidays My parents house is not a fortress of great Jewry or anything, but Home With Family is certainly a Jewier place to be than, say, Apartment With Roommates though not necessarily Aboard the 2 3 With Hasids from Brooklyn As noted by one of the fine ladies at Jezebel, readingForeskin s Lament felt much like readingA Million Little Pieces, which is to say rapturously confessional, a bit too showy Author Auslander , whos [...]

    14. Entretenida, c nica y mordaz visi n de la comunidad jud a americana En algunos momentos, la afilada pluma de Auslander es capaz de arrancar una buena carcajada, en especial durante sus descacharrantes conversaciones interiores con Dios.

    15. Ingenioso, divertido y, aunque suene exagerado, bastante realista sent identificada con el autor, cuando habla de este Dios irracional y perseguidor, a quien hay que complacer siguiendo c digos de lo m s aleatorios Tambi n me sent identificada con la desolaci n que significa crecer as , tras una fe tan r gida y dicot mica Al final, cuando es as , no queda mucho espacio para el amor aunque no tenga que ver con Dios necesariamente, sino que con las personas que lo distribuyen de tal o cual manera [...]

    16. A witty and infinitely quotable albeit slightly grim memoir recounting the author s strict religious upbringing and his ongoing struggle with the spiteful, bloodthirsty God whom he is seemingly unable to rid himself of Throughout the book Auslander goes round for round with He Who Is in an attempt to overcome his religious conditioning, often emerging battered, bruised and only occasionally a little the wiser for his troubles.The experiences described in this book will definitely resonate with a [...]

    17. Even though it took me a couple of weeks to get through this book I ve a bad tendency lately to pick up and put down books, letting them go unread for as much as a week before starting them up again , I found Foreskin s Lament an entertaining read, though a little repetitve I definitely identify with the author, being brought up in the church Southern Baptist Methodist depending on the year , and wondering at the blatent contradictions and conflicts, yet being told that God is great God is good [...]

    18. Shalom Auslander schreibt mit aussergew hnlich viel Humor ber seine Kindheit und Jugend in einem streng j disch orthodoxen Umfeld Schon als Junge hat er die unz hligen Regeln hinterfragt und gebrochen er hat gestohlen, masturbiert und heimlich Unkoscheres gegessen Bis ins Erwachsenenalter versp rt er eine Mischung aus Furcht vor g ttlicher Bestrafung, Angst vor den Reaktionen in der Gemeinschaft und Widerwilligkeit gegen ber den j dischen Traditionen Oder wie Auslander es ausdr ckt I believe in [...]

    19. I like Shalom Auslander s segments on This American Life he s always very funny I was sort of hoping for of the same lightly self deprecating humor that he does so well Turns out it s actually much closer to self loathing, and it s not particularly funny.The book s God sucks, God hates me refrain also gets old pretty quickly I m not particularly religious, so my objection isn t to that at all It s just because Auslander comes off sounding like a petulant child with no personal growth throughout [...]

    20. Comicit ebraica, molto stile Woody Allen Ma molto molto molto pi lamentosa o lamentevole o lamentone Sfrutta il suo irrisolto rapporto con Dio Jehova, per capirci, non il Dio cristiano ma quello ebraico per fare ridere Capisco che se nasci ebreo osservante tu possa faticare non poco ad avere una vita normale che non significa che gli ebrei abbiano una vita anormale ma sono le categorie che usa Auslander, mangiare un hamburger normale per gli altri ma non per la sua famiglia , ma si chiama fare d [...]

    21. The highest compliment I can pay to FORESKIN S LAMENT is this No book I have ever read has so perfectly captured what my childhood looked like Like Auslander, I grew up in a suffocating Jewish environment and ultimately grew to resent the heavy handedness of it all Whether you were raised as a Catholic, a Mormon, a Hindu, a Muslim or any other faith, I think Auslander s characterization of the role of relentless religiosity in the mind of a young boy will be accessible to you.

    22. Irriverente, sarcastico, tremendamente vero Shalom affronta le paure dell uomo in maniera brillante e con quell ironia che tutti dovremmo sviluppare per poter affrontare seriamente la vita Accettare chi si la chiave Le parole hanno un peso Le parole hanno potere Le parole sono sacre.

    23. Leuk intermezzo een Joodse jongen man valt uit, in, uit zijn geloof traditie en dat allemaal omdat God zo onbetrouwbaar is Rare snuiter, die God.

    24. On the one hand, I d sworn off BOATS Based On A True Story books a while ago, after a few too many true tales of overcoming hardship drugs abuse athlete s foot had made me want to tell every writer of such books that they deserved every bit of it Plus, when telling the story of his life Auslander does tend to violate the Thou Shalt Not Provide TMI commandment a few too many times.On the other hand, he has a saving grace heh which is his humour furious yet sharp, bitter yet hopeful Growing up in [...]

    25. Auslander is a Jewish writer who grew up within the confines of a strict Orthodox upbringing this book is the memoir of how that upbringing shaped the twisted relationship he currently has with God one I would describe as hate hate Auslander has the neurotic mindset that orthodox religion makes no sense, and that if God does in fact exist, God is spiteful and mean and out to screw with everyone and Auslander wants very much to write and say these nasty things about God, but believes that if he d [...]

    26. Shalom Auslander, a known commodity in the world of writing, was, until this book, unknown to me I liked the title with the obvious cheeky reference to Portnoy s Complaint , and the book was recommended to me by someone Someone is the best I can do, as I don t remember who that someone was If you recognize yourself in this comment, a resounding thank you goes out to you.Auslander is a very funny and very angry man In his bloody battle with God, there is no contest God doesn t stand a chance Like [...]

    27. Shalom Auslander tells the story of his life as an Orthodox Jew that breaks free, at least to some extent, of the rigid trappings of that life He has a perspective on God as described in the Bible that I m surprised is not common That of God as a cruel, petty tormentor, very similar in behavior to an bitter old man.The difference between Shalom and me is that he grew up in an environment in which his religion was all pervasive instead of just something that happened on Sundays It s not very com [...]

    28. I believe in god, It s been a real Problem for me Shalom AuslanderI am certain Shalom Auslander was absent from his Talmud class the day his Rebbe taught over the sugya in Avoda Zora 17a of Rabbi Elazar ben Dordaya Actually from most accounts it seems as if Shalom was absent frequently from Yeshiva or not grasping what was really taught Either way Baruch Hashem, as we might not have this hilarious account of his pretty twisted view of Life, Orthodox Judaism and Hashem This is a sad tale masked b [...]

    29. Like probably most people who are reviewing this, my first encounter with Shalom Auslander was on This American Life But the Auslander of TAL and the Auslander of his memoir are radically different people, even if the radio Auslander is reading excerpts of the book Auslander Radio Auslander can laugh at his excessively religious youth, and he s got 15 minutes of air time in between Ira Glass talking about the benefits of squarespace and Sarah Vowell reading a cloying musing in her cloying voice [...]

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