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both cute & terrifying at the same time
on July 12, 2017
I can’t add much to the jayzed’s excellent review of this book (3-star, Nathan, we need to talk), but anyway:
1) The title story was far and away the best. It was cute & terrifying all at once. That’s kind of hard to do.
2) The Reader. Worth looking at for anyone who’s written anything--even so much as a term paper. Deals with the questions of ‘why do we write in the first place?’ and ‘who cares?’
3) The other stories. They were okay, I guess. I’ll have to think about it.
4) Lots of Hebrew and Yiddish expressions throughout. It was kind of neat seeing these words so naturally interwoven into the flow of the narrative, but it would have been nice if there were an appendix listing these expressions and their meanings. I’m not Jewish, so I’m not familiar with most of them. It’s probably wishful thinking to suppose that an American Jew would know all of them. So a little help here would be appreciated.
Englander is kind of a cool last name. I like it. It honors England but at the same time has a Germanic feel to it. Can we expect great literature from Mr Englander? Probably, but I’ll be satisfied with a well-told story. It might be great literature, it might not, but I don’t really care. I’m not passing out grades here, but rather looking for stories to pass the time. This collection of stories fits the bill.
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