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“Tender, wry and entertaining. . . . Englander’s trademark humor is on display, but most striking and moving about kaddish.com is the unabashed sweetness of a son’s longing for a father.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Satirical, inventive, and brimming with gallows humor, this novel’s whip-smart look at the clash of religious and secular worlds showcases Englander at his best.” —Esquire
“Ingenious.” —Houston Chronicle
“A wonderfully nimble performance. . . . kaddish.com smuggles profound moral questions under the dress of its light and diverting story.” —The Wall Street Journal
“[A] poignant coming-to-understanding about grief, the meaning of tradition, and love between fathers and sons.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] delight of a novel. . . . A marvelous comic fable. . . . Englander’s expansive imagination is such that he can convincingly write the part of a secular Jewish hipster and a born-again Jew - and do it with the Yiddish inflections of a Borscht Belt comedian.” —Associated Press
“A rollicking, generous-hearted tale of faith, identity and family. . . . Englander’s best novel so far.” —Financial Times
“Tantalizing. . . . Englander’s prose is always sprightly. He makes it easy to turn the page.” —The Forward
“With his usual wit and irreverence . . . Nathan Englander spins out a tale. . . . There’s still a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor in the story that follows . . . but it’s also an earnest look at belief, at ritual, at mourning, and at family ties.” —Vanity Fair
“kaddish.com is funny but also profound, a saga of spiritual transformation. . . . Amid the chaos in which we all live nowadays, [the novel] is a bright light in a dark world.” —Jewish Journal
“[There is] a hum of suspense behind this slim tale that belies its subject.” —Vulture
“Simultaneously humorous and deeply moving. . . . [An] excellent comic dissection of Jewish-American life. . . . This novel reads like Chaim Potok filtered through the sensibility of Mel Brooks.” —Publishers Weekly
“Humorous and moving. . . . Englander is a master at displaying the way a single decision, made in a private moment, can stay with us for the rest of our lives and haunt our future.” —Bookforum
“Englander is mischievously hilarious, nightmarish, suspenseful, inquisitive, and deliriously tender in this concentrated tale of tradition and improvisation, faith and love.” —Booklist
“Part fable, part magic realism, part mystery, deeply touching, occasionally weird, almost always funny.” —Jewish Standard
About the Author
- ASIN : B07DBRFYWS
- Publisher : Vintage (March 26, 2019)
- Publication date : March 26, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 981 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #192,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Okay, fast forward 20 years and Larry has returned to the religious fold in which he was raised. He becomes observant Orthodox, teaches in a yeshiva in Brooklyn, and now has a wife and two children. He's now Rev Shuli and life is good. Life is good for the Rev but as he regained his religious beliefs and practices, he is feeling increasingly guilty about having off-loaded the prayers and responsibilities of saying Kaddish. That is the beginning of the story in Nathan Englander's new novel, "Kaddish.com".
There's a bit of magic realism in Englander's story as he moves Rev Shuli from Brooklyn to Jerusalem as Shuli tries to track down the owner of the website he used 20 years earlier. I'm not a big fan of magic realism as it gives an author the ability to make facts implausible to a plot. But a little MR in Englander's book is okay as Shuli finds his way in Jerusalem's kaleidoscope of colors, foods, music, and people. I almost began to view the pages through the lens of a Marc Chagall painting.
I was raised as a Reform Jew but I "got" most of the references to religious practices far away from my own. The book also comes with a question/answer section to use in a book club format. I'd like to read more about the book and what motivated Nathan Englander to write it. It is a very interesting story.
But this book is so much more than its plot. It opens a window into the world of Orthodox Judaism, which often appears impenetrable to outsiders. And it is told with such humor and tenderness – as well as a keen eye for people's foibles and moral failings – that it reveals a shared humanity, even after transporting you to an unfamiliar culture. There’s not a wasted word in this novel. Highly recommend.