- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 27, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072KS4S6
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Hope: A Tragedy Audible – Unabridged
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I should hasten to add that I'm a huge fan of irreverence and not at all opposed to dark humor, which this book has in spades. It's just that Hope: A Tragedy is so over the top that it eventually lost me. Auslander keeps playing the same bits over and over again, and while they may have been amusing the first or second time, by the fourth or fifth, all I could do was roll my eyes.(I'm thinking specifically of his hero, Solomon's, habit of putting store-bought vegetables in his demented mother's garden patch each morning to fool her into thinking she'd grown them, as well as the incessant references to the smell accompanying the unwanted house guest camped out in the attic, and his mother's endless faux references to being a Holocaust survivor.) Although I kept reading, the book started wearing on me to the point where I just wanted to finish it and move on.
I know from Foreskin's Lament what an extraordinarily gifted writer Auslander is, and I'll look forward to his future efforts, but this one didn't work for me.
Unfortunately, Mr. Auslander's comic skills are not enough to save Hope: A Tragedy. There are numerous problems here but the biggest is that there is not a single really likeable character in the book. Anne Frank is a foul-mouthed terror, Kugel's mother labors under the fantasy of being a Holocaust survivor, the townspeople around Kugel are all liars, cheats, and/or arsonists. His wife is understandable, at least, but hard to sympathize with since Kugel is the center of the novel.
As for Kugel himself, the reader cannot sympathize with him either. Auslander seems to want to make him sympathetic but his decision-making process is so ridiculous that he is unbelievable. Kugel wants to have hope for the future, for his family, which is admirable. His shrink, Jove (what's in a name?), constantly advises him to forget hope, forget happiness, and just get on with life. But why are having hope and getting on with life mutually exclusive?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed 'Hope: A Tragedy.'
First and foremost, the writing is, in my opinion, excellent, with a sharp, stylish narrative and endless amounts of witty, perceptive... Read more
The last thing I would expect to do from reading this book is to actually laugh. I don't know what it is, but this book had me cracking up while reading on my daily train commute. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dezere
This book was mostly fantasy and stream of consciousness writing. Some of the writing was funny and sensitive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Chappell
I bought this book because Auslander is also the mind behind the TV series 'HAPPYish', which I found brilliant, intelligent and funny. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Daryl Ilbury
Great story line and highly creative idea. Too drawn out and lengthy at least for the middle third of the novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rene
Sarcasm, guilt, and a shrewy Anne Frank....what's not to like? I read this over a year ago and still think of it!Published 19 months ago by E. Sanford
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