Hope: A Tragedy

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Hope: A Tragedy

Hope: A Tragedy

  • Title: Hope: A Tragedy
  • Author: Shalom Auslander
  • ISBN: 9781447207665
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
Hope: A Tragedy By Shalom Auslander,



The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there To begin again To start anew But it isn t quite working out that way His aThe rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there To begin again To start anew But it isn t quite working out that way His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won t stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought And when, one night, Kugel discovers history a living, breathing, thought to be dead specimen of history hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander s debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.


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The title of Hope A Tragedy alludes to the philosophy of a radically cynical character in the novel named Professor Jove In lieu of malice and misfortune, Jove blames human misery simply on hope despite continual evidence to the contrary, humans still foolishly hope for the best and believe a good, reasonably happy life is somehow attainable In this theory of hope, Hitler becomes an optimist Although his methods strike us as cruel and yes certainly draconian, he believed a better life was in fac [...]

This book did not work for me.It should have It is a satire, reportedly funny I love satire But I didn t think it was funny At all I did not laugh once.Its thesis statement is dethroning of heroes and reevaluation of historical events I love those topics I hated the way it was handled in this book, though.What went wrong I have tried to put my finger on it, and the only thing I can come up with is that the humour was slapstick, immature vulgarity, which I despise Instead of making me smile, it m [...]

This book annoyed me to death I hated the characters I gave the book one star, and the reason I did so was that I don t have a lot of patience for characters like Kugel and his mother He was too Woody Allen like for me I hate Woody Allen movies for the same reason stop being so introspective and neurotic and start acting like a grownup That s what I want to scream at the characters Also, the entire premise that he couldn t kick Anne Frank out because it would look bad on him was ridiculous to me [...]

My top novel of 2012 In Auslander s absurdist battle between optimism and pessimism, momentous tragedy and mundaneness, nothing is sacred not the presidentially mandated virtue of hope certainly not those Jewish heroes Anne Frank and Alan Dershowitz not even the aesthetic guidelines for metaphorical language the sun was in the sky like a something The breeze blew like a whatever.This debut novel is ferociously funny It takes the sarcasm and blasphemy of Auslander s memoir Foreskin s Lament to a [...]

I ve been called a Pollyannna Seriously I know, right Funny Granted, Pollyanna is from Vermont and she does tend to look at the bright side of life and I do agree with the statement Just breathing isn t living but, I draw the line at believing in stupid glad games And this song is really irritating and doesn t at all describe me I much prefer this version and it s not like I ALWAYS find the good in things I mean, there is absolutely nothing good about that song I ve got the moves like Mick Jagge [...]

Whatever you want to say about Auslander as a Jew, he is a talented writer As a novelist, though, he leaves a lot to be desired.Assuming you can tolerate Holocaust irreverence, the concept behind this book was actually clever A Woody Allen esque neurotic Jew Solomon Kugel moves his wife, child, and mother to a farmhouse in the country only to discover a decrepit Anne Frank living in his attic There s a lot here The age old literary trope of discovering a crazy lady living in your attic and the s [...]

The idea that hope is the hugest misfortune humanity was cursed with is not at all new It is sadly revealed in the myth of Pandora s box, it is thoroughly proved by the Buddhist equivalence between life and suffering, it is only apparently reversed by the Dantesque inscription on the hell gates Lasciate ogni speranza New in this disturbing book is the way Shalom Auslander chooses to interpret the theme To prove, without doubt, that hope is a tragedy in a book that reads as a comedy is a masterst [...]

A recent Facebook post of mine had read I can t wait until they release a 3D IMAX version of Schindler s List Someone with whom I have a tenuous Facebook relationship declared that I was in poor taste I can t help but think how he would have felt about Auslander s novel Personally, I found this novel saturated with biting sarcasm, scathing bitterness, and caustic cynicismd I loved every word There is no question that Auslander can write He s quick and vivid, but that s not why this novel should [...]

quando il postmodernismo impatta con l umorismo ebraicoAuslander ormai un personaggio con caratteristiche precise, il suo io narrante un ebreo nevrotico, che si odia un po e un altro po si compatisce, ha molta paura, vive di sensi di colpa e sotto sotto teme tutto quel che lo circonda e teme anche che il suo Dio sia davvero la persona vendicativa e irosa del Vecchio Testamentoper cui prima di fare qualsiasi cosa deve pensarci bene, ponderare le possibili conseguenze e evitare ogni forma di confl [...]

Whether or not you ll like Auslander s debut novel depends on how much you cling to the totemic narratives of history If you re not afraid to wrestle down those figures and interrogate the validity of their martyr status, then you ll relish this supremely dark and twisty comedy of faith and modern life If you bristle at reconsidering why you worship the surviving narratives of history s darkest time, then you won t like it at all Ultimately it s a novel that will speak to the most revisionist of [...]

It pays off to go library shelf browsing I ve picked up some fantastic books this way This one had me laughing out loud several times, the unexpected type of humor that would make you spit out your drink if you were drinking while reading Kugel is a neurotic worrywart of a man He has just moved into a new farmhouse His wife is upset that his mother is living with them and not dying fast enough I was never able to tell what exactly was wrong with mom as she seemed quite spunky and it was also nev [...]

3.5, at times.Despite your personal feelings toward Auslander s outrageousness, I don t think anyone can deny that he has talent And while this talent shines through in his first novel, it also wears thin, because there really is such a thing as too much of a good thing.Auslander writes this book as a cross between Philip Roth and Dave Barry, by which I mean you have a dead on, clearly been there done that and resented it depiction of whiny wanna be Holocaust people ie, ones who capitalize on it [...]

Outrageously funny, so wildly original you forgive a certain amount of repetitiveness, a rude offspring of Philip Roth and Franz Kafka The sort of book where you constantly want to put it down and call everyone you know to read them the passages you just read.Solomon Kugel is a neurotic obsessed with death who recently moved with his family to a farmhouse in upstate New York One night he hears noise coming from the attic, goes up to investigate, and discovers Anne Frank living up there But not j [...]

Solomon Kugel colec ioneaz ultime cuvinte rostite nainte de moarte, are o mam care se consider supravie uitoare a Holocaustului, ceea ce i este, chiar dac a tr it pe un alt continent dec t Europa, sechelat de nazi ti, de i nu a suferit niciodat persecu ie din parte lor pentru c a crescut n America, o cas care pute a pi at i rahat i pe o Anne Frank al naibii de b tr n care ncearc s scrie un roman care s dep ea c bariera de v nz ri a Jurnalului scris n tinere e Ah, da i este terorizat de un incend [...]

Hilarious writing burst out laughing over and over again Anden again You won t NOT be able to share the hot lines with your close family and friends Twisted some of the lines are you ll want to remember Note this is taken out of context won t make much sense without reading but I died laughing at His stomach was anti semitic Dozen of other funny quotes or why did childrfen always draw the sun smiling Its a giant ball of fire, kids Its rage and fury Whatever its doing, it isn t f ing smiling Hop [...]

I found this book outrageously funny, but I am sure it s not everyone s cup of tea The premise struck me as so ridiculous when I read about it that I still can t figure out why I decided to read it, but I am glad I did because it was laugh out loud funny despite the absurdity Here it is present day, a rural community in New York state where Solomon Kugel buys a beautiful old house in the country and moves in his family including his lovely wife, 3 year old son and cranky old mother He discovers [...]

Brilliant Prophetic Bold Funny Visionary Dares to examine sacrosanct Jewish symbols in the wake of the Holocaust Humanizes Anne Frank by imagining her alive today, stuck in an attic limbo in a world that wants her dead Her death is what gave her book its appeal, thinks Solomon Kugel, who moves his family into a new house, far from the maddening crowd, and discovers that Anne Frank has been hiding in the attic for forty years Before that, she hid in other people s attics Attics are safe The world [...]

Darkly comic and wallowing in pessimism, Hope A Tragedy, a first novel from Shalom Auslander, is heavy with guilt and light as air It s a brilliant read return return Solomon Kugel has brought his wife and young son to Stockton, a small uninspired town in upstate New York, to begin life afresh, make a new start and shake off whatever bad breaks dumped them here Unfortunately he must bring along his old dying mother, a non holocaust survivor who nevertheless has taken on all the guilt and anxiety [...]

Having read and enjoyed Auslander s memoir, Foreskin s Lament , I d thought about buying this novel quite a few times before finding it in a second hand shop The fact that a novel is classed as funny several times often has me worried as to how I ll like it, and to be honest, I wish I hadn t bothered reading this book.Set in NY State, the novel concentrates on Solomon Kugel, a neurotic, pessimistic character, almost playing to what in the past may have been considered a stereotypical Jewish char [...]

Shalom Auslander s first full length novel takes a slight detour from his usual angst about Orthodoxy see Foreskin s Lament and Beware of God Stories to poke fun at gluten intolerance, muse about epitaphs and take Anne Frank off her historical pedestal by finding her alive and well and old and curmudgeonly in the attic of a bucolic farmhouse recently bought by a neurotic Jewish guy What s not to like After a day of reflection, though, I think what s holding me back from a higher review is that S [...]

This book is an original, well written work that had me laughing out loud many times I give Auslander 4 stars for creativity and witticism, but I give 2 for plot and other elements After about 1 3 of the book the funny bits get recycled and the plot becomes very thin A lot of his jokes turn up six times in the same book Lines like Live each day as something, go enjoy the whatever, stop to smell the what have you that mock cliches are funny at first but after a few times feel very old and forced [...]

I certainly had no idea what to expect with the combination of largely vitriol with praise from one from our book group So I ve got to start with all that by saying I liked this quite a bit than I thought I would Here s why 1 I like books with a strong life philosophy, and that is certainly this one 2 I also LOVE smart people, foolish choices, and that is REALLY this one.3 There is some great writing, Especially in the epilogue Fiction will return, I promise you, especially when the non fiction [...]

I really didn t like this I think this is an Emperor s New Clothes book, in that everyone seems to rave about it and then other people continue to rave about it because other people are saying it s great and so it continues I m going to stand up and say I think this book is rubbish The whole concept of Anne Frank being an old woman living in the attic of the main character was bad enough, but maybe something could have come from this But some disgusting scenes involving her use of ventilation sh [...]

This book annoyed me by the end, even though it was a quick read The author is clearly very bright, and he s keen to be funny too, but overall it felt too forced both in terms of tone and structure The absurd storyline an introspective middle aged Jewish man finds Ann Frank living in his attic may be a darkly funny idea, but it doesn t stretch itself into a novel The characters felt like archetypes from a US TV show, familiar but hardly life like, and the philosophical musings which attempt to m [...]

A couple weeks ago, I was helping my sister with a garage sale It was great weather, but sitting in a garage with no breeze, it was hot I really didn t think about how hot it was until I went inside, and there with the air conditioning, I couldn t stop sweating I was SO hot But outside, not so much That s the theme of this book If you don t know what you re missing, then perhaps you re pretty happy It s a quick read and made me LOL at times If you re the type to rubberneck at a car crash, this i [...]

Probably one of the boldest satires I ever read that really pokes at the meaning of suffering and guilt, especially as it relates to American culture I enjoyed it far than I thought I would and although I don t think I ll read it again, I can appreciate the humour and it was still a good read.

This is one fucked up book Filled with dark, dark humor and satire Very fun to read Also disturbing.

I want to erase everything about this book from my mind I ve given it a star because I can t, so it obviously had an impact albeit a terrible one.

So desperate was Kugel for things to turn out for the best, proclaimed Professor Jove, that he couldn t stop worrying about the worst Hope, said Professor Jove, was Solomon Kugel s greatest failing From the opening pages of Shalom Auslander s Hope A Tragedy I knew I was reading something special Consider the plot a Jewish man who believes his pessimism is fueled by his optimism, buys a farmhouse in a no name town only to discover Anne Frank yes, the Anne Frank hiding in his attic While the premi [...]

The first thing that got me interested in this book were the very amusing book trailers I saw on the internet last month, featuring the author calling two other well known authors Sarah Vowell and John Hodgman in which Mr Auslander calls his two author friend separately and asks them that if he needs to hide in their attics, would that be possible, and would he and his small family would be welcome A main theme in this novel is hiding in the attic The father figure of the family in the book, Sol [...]


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