Beware of God: Stories

Beware of God: Stories


By (author) Shalom Auslander

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 173mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0743264576
  • ISBN 13: 9780743264570
  • Sales rank: 285,068

Product description

Shalom Auslander's stories in "Beware of God" have the mysterious punch of a dream. They are wide ranging and inventive: A young Jewish man's inexplicable transformation into a very large, blond, tattooed goy ends with an argument over whether or not his father can beat his unclean son with a copy of the Talmud. A pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and he's forced to reconsider his life -- and his diet. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness training for the future. Auslander draws upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York State to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God, and death, but also manage to be wickedly funny and poignant.

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"The stories in "Beware of God" mark the debut of the freshest voice in Jewish literature since Philip Roth arrived on the scene. Youthful, energetic, wholly original--never has Orthodox Judaism been so appealing. Auslander captures the ecstatic melancholy and perverse confusion that makes for a comedy of divine intervention. "Beware of God" charts the collision of the modern world with ancient superstition, belief rubbing up against desire. In these stories not only does God speak--he does it in Dolby Surround sound." --A. M. Homes, author of "Things You Should Know" and "The Safety of Objects"