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Born to Kvetch LP Paperback – Large Print, November 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0061340840 ISBN-10: 0061340847

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061340847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061340840
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Wise, witty and altogether wonderful....” (New York Times)

“Required reading.” (New York Post)

About the Author

Novelist, lecturer, and translator Michael Wex is one of the leading lights in the revival of Yiddish, and author of the New York Times bestseller Born to Kvetch and its follow-up, Just Say Nu.


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Author of Born to Kvetch, columnist, bon vivant and raconteur, Michael Wex has been called "a Yiddish national treasure;" Born to Kvetch, the bestselling book ever written about Yiddish, was hailed by The New York Times as "wise, witty and altogether wonderful."

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Wex has worked in virtually every area of contemporary Yiddish. Some of his songs have been recorded by such klezmer bands as Sukke, The Flying Bulgars, and 2007 Grammy winners, The Klezmatics.

Wex's teaching and lecture activities-a unique combination of learning, stand-up comedy and probing investigation into the nature of Yiddish and Yiddishkayt-have taken him from Toronto to Budapest, and to many points in between. His approach is so unique and appealing that his annual series of classes at Klezkamp (a yearly Yiddish cultural event in upstate New York) has been renamed Wexology-and not at Wex's instigation. The only complaint ever heard is that people are enjoying themselves so much that they forget to take notes.

You can find Michael Wex at www.michaelwex.com

Customer Reviews

Reading Over The Book, I Find It Rather Funny ... But That's Just Me.
Seanchai
For those interested in the academic aspects of language, there is an interesting discussion of how the diaspora created and affected Yiddish in various countries.
Nazani
Mr. Wex tells us the quintessential Yiddish kvetch; A Jewish man is on a train and kvetches non stop, "oy am i thirsty".. "oy, Am i thirsty."
Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom

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165 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Kafrissen on September 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You can buy a book about Yiddish. You can buy a book about Jewish life. You can buy a book about religious observance. Or you can save the shipping costs and buy Born To Kvetch, one of the best books I've ever read about the Ashkenazi Jewish experience. I would compare this wonderful new book to Maurice Samuel's The Gentleman and the Jew for it's erudition and vision.

And Michael Wex is a whole lot funnier than Maurice Samuel. You will be laughing uncontrollably (WARNING: may cause embarrassment if you read this on the subway in the morning, as I did) while you learn more than you ever wanted to about the Talmud, the yiddish word for toilet paper and the REAL meaning of kvetching.

Don't hesitate, buy it today and be cursing your friends in yiddish tomorrow.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By moose_of_many_waters VINE VOICE on October 31, 2005
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English books on Yiddish generally fall into two categories: the oh isn't it a cute colorful language angle; the scholarly tome that sucks the life out of the language.

Mr. Wex has done Yiddish a great service and has written a book that avoids both of these pitfalls. Beneath the humor - and this is a very funny, well written book - is a very serious examination of Yiddish as a language inextricably tied to its religion. Very few people could have written a book as insightful as this one and still made it entertaining. Mr. Wex has the background - a Yeshiva bocher turned secularist - and mindset to carry it off with aplomb.

Some people might complain that the examination of Yiddish language and culture in this book is too harsh and well... kvetchadik. But there is pride for a language and culture long gone throughout this book. More than any book on Yiddish that I've read, this one rings true. The description of the culture of Chasidic education of children is particularly unflinching and mordantly accurate. Footnotes would help this book a great deal. But this is a fine achievement. Now if only they wouldn't have put someone else's photo next to the NY Times review. ;)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Aside from the rave reviews on this site I have read two other longer rave reviews, William Grimes in the 'New York Times' and Josh Lambert in J-books. Both claim that this book is not only tremendously funny but a very deep probe into the nature of Yiddish, and in fact Diaspora Ashkenazi experience.

This is what Lambert has to say about the lead idea of the book.

"Yiddish, Wex argues, is most comfortable when it's complaining. It's "a language that likes to argue with everybody about everything." He explains this as consistent with the Mishnaic scholars (who "disagree 99.8 percent of the time") and the principle of "aftselakhis"-"the impulse to do things only because someone else doesn't want you to." The kvetch, or complaint, is thus the basic unit of Yiddish thought, as developed over hundreds of years of Diaspora living: "kvetching becomes a way of exercising some small measure of control over an otherwise hostile environment."

It is rare when we find a book which not only enriches our thought but makes us laugh outloud.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Blech on October 31, 2005
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Here's MY "kvetch": Till now I thought my book on Yiddish, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish" was the very best book on the subject. Who told Wex to write such a funny, brilliant, erudite, insightful book - did I need this kind of competition? But I "fargin" him - and all you lovers of Yiddish out there. Buy mine if you can but DEFINITELY buy Wex's masterpiece - I loved it!!!!! Rabbi Benjamin Blech
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Nazareth V. Asorian on October 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Michael Wex has masterfully reproduced the Ashkenazi Jewish experience in a colorful and humerous language, incorporating the Yiddish thought process that has emerged over many centuries.

While the book has the initial impression of being rather funny, the reader soon grasps the intillectualism that resonates throughout the book, delving into the human element. It connects many around the world, as one instinctively travels to the roots of a culture, intertwined with its ancestry as far as Biblical times.

It is a fascinating book that should appeal to most people with an open and inquisitive mind, particularly when many of the phrases, the thought processes, and the humor which connects them have been used for so many decades. Kvetching, complaining so to speak, is more than a word, or a statement...it represents a way of thinking, a necessary reflex, a defense mechanism to gain advantage on an issue or an argument.

It is informative, easy to read, enjoyable, and with the bonus of cultural and historical humor.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Deborah F. Fernhoff on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Not only is Mr. Wex funny, his book also has the ring of authenticity. This is not a book about literary Yiddish but rather, living Yiddish, replete with day-today expressions for what real people do: eat, eliminate, curse, and talk about other people having sex. Furthermore, to understand Yiddish, one must understand the Yid and the deep tie to Torah and observance. Mr. Wex writes as an insider, not an observer, and so comes up with the "real thing."
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83 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on September 28, 2005
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This book is hysterically funny! Even the most advanced intelligent Mensch will kvell and at the wisdom that goes beyond Kvetching. It goes back to the ancient roots of how insightful and indistinguishable Yiddish is. It's a language that ties so many together from the diaspora when Jewish geography has people kibitzing, or Oy Veying at news that might come from a simcha. It's a mitzvah for great reading, even for the savvy Yenta. And more than being funny, the book has reads with scholar material, rich in the roots of tradition and ancestry. It really brings meaning and understanding to kvetching. Just be prepared to roll in laughter!
Mazel Tov, Michael Wex, and thank you for this wonderful book!

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE and Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence
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