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Lenny Bruce Is Dead: A Novel Paperback – February 21, 2006
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"Jonathan Goldstein is like no one else. He's constantly surprising, simultaneously poetic and hilarious; an honest-to-goodness artist." -- David Rakoff
"The cleanest dirty book I have ever read. Goldstein is a goddamn poet." -- VICE Magazine
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However, I recently read his second book, "Schmelvis", and it's extraordinary. It's not a novel but rather a sort of road trip memoir. It's about a documentary Goldstein worked on about Elvis Presley's Jewish roots (yes, believe it or not, the King was a Hebe) and it is brilliant. He and a film crew, a chassidic jewish Elvis impersonator named Schmelvis and a wacky Rabbi went to Memphis and Israel looking for evidence. Hilarious, touching, fascinating, all at the same time. I'd recommend that Jonathan's fans run, don't walk, and pick up "Schmelvis". Much more in the spirit of This American life than Lenny Bruce is dead, although his novel does have its moments so you might want to read that as well.
Like Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son, Barry Hannah's Geronimo Rex and very few others, the protagonist here is a solitary, emotional boy who can't express his emotions outwardly.
His voice is one that moves from narrative to something like poetry without interrupting the feel and flow of the story. Every girl he falls for is guaranteed to be a disaster, but he let's it happen anyway, and you'll fall for them too.
I'm not jewish and not from the north, but i felt every word of his mangled thoughts like they were my very own.
A STUNNING first novel for Goldstein. I can't WAIT for another!!
I didn't laugh once and I didn't really enjoy reading this book. I feel like I'm missing some piece of context that a lot of people have; maybe it just isn't for me.
I am getting ready to read his other books, which I still expect to love.
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Jonathan Goldstein is a master of analogies. And it's this mastery that is heavily relied upon through the sincere, meandering, disconnected passing titled Lenny Bruce is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by TW
This was my first foray into the mind of Jonathan Goldstein. The book had its moments. In fact, I they were hilarious moments. Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by V. Gera
Amazingly clever book. I read it twice and intend to read it again. It says more in what it doesn't say than in what it does. Brilliant.Published on September 10, 2007 by Cool Hand Luke
I thought this was an absolutely fantastic book. The way Goldstein creates a full characters out of paragraph-length scenes is visionary, and his subject matter is funny, sad, and... Read morePublished on January 16, 2007 by drew
This book was not funny or interesting. It is sort of like those columns Larry King used to write..... I want a pastrami sandwich,..... Read morePublished on October 15, 2006 by Book reviewer