- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales/Solas House (March 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609520696
- ISBN-13: 978-1609520694
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,791,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites, and Motherhood Paperback – March 27, 2012
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Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls is peopled by some of the most unpleasant, malevolent, and stupid characters you can imagine but it’s so clever and funny that I, the reader, was delighted to follow their complicated, self-serving, insane machinations. Gary Buslik loves words. His prose is rich and vivid.” Bookworm Room
Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls "definitely contains many thoroughly revolting, brain-curdling, nail-biting scenes that will ensure you will not only be unable to close it before you are through; no, you shall remain wide awake rereading some especially and sickeningly delicious passages." Simply Jews blog
"You will love this book! It has been a long time since I have laughed like this it's the best since Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." NoisyRoom blog
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Since then I have come to terms with my sad and naïve condition. These days my more enlightened observations suggests to me that human civilization is nothing more than a game of "King of the Mountain" that has gone on far too long and is being taken far too seriously by the participates. What drew me to this conclusion was my nasty and unhealthy habit of reading history.
Being a father I would love to buy a sixty foot sailboat, load up my kids and depending of my mood that day maybe even my wife, and sail off searching for some safe harbor well out of the strategic line of fire. In my mind, the usual destinations are Tasmania or the south island of New Zealand but these beautiful and enlightened places have very little use for Americans unless they arrive with big bucks which leaves me up poop creek without a canoe, much less the paddle or a lifejacket. So what is a well intentioned but hopelessly befuddled dude like me suppose to do? I usually placate my fears and insecurities about an increasingly uncertain future by submerging myself in a good book that makes fun of the whole situation.
Such a book is "Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls" by Gary Buslik. Right from the start, we are introduced to Akhmed, the reigning Iranian president who deals with the frustrations and trials of being a glorious leader by seeking refuge in kosher Israeli deli food, particularly matzo ball soup. Above all Akhmed wants a nuclear weapon so he can play in the big leagues of international politics but his best scientific minds just quite cannot put it all together. That is until a series of events leads to the discovery that matzo balls have the extraordinary ability to safely contain the most radioactive of materials.
Now add a certain old and senile Cuban dictator along with his good buddy from Venezuela who team up with Akhmed to teach the horrible Yankees a lesson and the fun quickly begins to roll along. Throw in a stymied middle-aged English professor who is a scholarly legend in his own mind, his one-time lover from the glory days during the Age of Aquarius and their social climbing hell spawn of a daughter and things spin off into even more outrageous circumstances. I very highly recommend this book, which I certify can greatly relieve the low-level but constant anxiety that pervades our society these days.
Wait a minutes, did I mention the voracious mutant termites? Just read the book for yourself and find out.