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Are You Listening Rabbi Low Hardcover – September, 1988

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Sigmund Franz Isadore Schultz, the hero of this crass, unfunny comic novel by the author of The Ginger Man , is a caricature without a single redeeming feature. The suddenly wealthy producer of the lowbrow London revue Kiss It, Don't Hold It, It's Too Hot , Schultz is an unabashed vulgarian who crashes through upper-crust British society with the finesse of a rutting bull. Entranced by his genital and excretory functions, almost literally self-castrating, bombastically horny, socially and verbally inept and determined not to lose a penny of profit, Schultz will set off alarm bells in more than a few readers; one character's comment that "anti-Semitism was invented because of people like you" seems designed to defuse accusations that the rest of the book encourages. In prose that's repetitive, garbled and bereft of wit, Schultz rambles on about his obsessions and occasionally prays to his ancestor, the late rabbi of the title, for guidance. Only the most determined reader will stick around to learn whether Schultz vanquishes the snobs and shrews battling against him. Donleavy's first novel in five years is a stunning disappointment.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871132370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871132376
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a damn fine book. Yes, it beats you about the head and face with its raw humor, which is relentless, and yes the lead character is beyond redemption, as if that matters. And yes, the plot is just one impossible pickle after another for this poor guy! And all of his own creation. But the point of the book is not anti-semitism (as has been suggested in the review up top here on amazon), it's the story of a man who, like all Donleavy characters, is inexorably caught between high aspirations and low desires, and knows it.

To top it off, the patented Donleavy prose is in fine form as always.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm only leaving this review because the snippet that accompanies the Google search result is from the "Publisher's Weekly" above.This book is hilarious and Donleavy fans will not be disappointed in the further adventures of Schultz, His Lordship Basil Nectarine and the languid Binky Sunningdale. Donleavy is a genius whose writing can have you in splits or break your heart with equal ease.
Read Schultz first, this is the sequel and despite Publisher's Weekly's disappointment which nobody cares about, is a great read.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is insane. Hilarious. One of my favorites. I know no one who has read it or Schultz. My brother has read Balthazar and Gingerman and Darcy Dancer. I was telling him about the Schultz character and his escapades and had him rolling. Schultz gets himself admitted to the hospital to escape his irate wife. He decides to have a party, although inwardly he is conflicted. He has champagne delivered and all the other necessaries. He seduces the nurse (of course). The Lord Nectarine character is an amazing, subtle literary foil to Schultz's capers. As always well written but I haven't laughed as hard while reading a book since I read this a couple of years ago. I reread Gingerman. Not as funny.
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Found a used paperback copy in ireland several years ago; one of my favorite authors. this book came in perfect unopened condition. it cracked like a new, unread book, which i'm sure it probably was. fantastic book.
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