Foreskin's Lament

Foreskin's Lament

Book rating: 05 Paperback Picador

By (author) Shalom Auslander

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 19mm | 261g
  • Publication date: 6 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330453548
  • ISBN 13: 9780330453547
  • Sales rank: 42,072

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Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up, defying and eventually being cast out of his community, he could not find his way to a life in which he wasn't locked in a daily struggle with Him. Foreskin's Lament is a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith, his family and his community. Bracing and witty ...Never, frankly, can there have been a more blasphemous book ...Foreskin's Lament somehow expresses the ideas of Richard Dawkins in the tone of David Sedaris. You can read it for the humour, you can read it as reportage into a secretive and bizarre world, you can read it as a personal tale of triumph over adversity, or you can just read it for the misery. It doesn't really matter. But do read it' William Sutcliffe, Independent on Sunday One of the funniest books I've ever read, killingly so' Hilary Spurling, Observer Exceptional ...very, very funny' Time Out Painfully poignant and hilariously noir' Jewish Chronicle By turns hilarious and devastating ...Few books are laugh-out-loud funny. This one is' Naomi Alderman, Sunday Times America's hottest, funniest, most controversial young Jewish memoirist ...blackly hilarious, groundbreaking' The Times

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Shalom Auslander's short story collection, Beware of God, was published by Picador in 2005. He lives in New York.

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By Les Feiglin 13 Mar 2013 5

This irreverent life story of the author is poignant,belligerent,blaphamous and LOL funny. Growing up in an ultra orthodox Jewish environment he was brainwashed to believe in God's close scrutiny of his actions and the reward and punishment that results. As his life progresses, he sheds his religious observance (with a few relapses) but can't escape his concerns of how God will retalliate. He tries confrontation, concilliation and negotiation but is never comfortable.
It was laugh out loud funny even on the second reading but at the same time poignant and thought provoking.
Certainly not for those with rigid religious beliefs or those allergic to strong language.

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aFierce, funny, and subversively heartfelt...With his middle finger pointed at the heavens and a hand held over his heart, Auslander gives us "Foreskinas Lament," Mazel tov to him. And God? Well, heall survive.a a"New York Times Book Review" aAuslander writes like Philip Rothas angry nephew... a scathing theological rant, a funny, oddly moving coming-of-age memoir, and an irreverent meditation on family, marriage, and cultural identity. God may be a bit irritated by this book, but I loved it.a aTom Perrotta, author of "Little Children" and "The Abstinence Teacher" aA laugh-out-loud quarrel with God.a a"Newsweek" aA terrific book I was sad I read in so few sittings, because I wanted more.a a"San Francisco Chronicle" aHilarious, caustic, and surprisingly moving.a a"Philadelphia Inquirer" aBlasphemous and funny.a a "Newsweek" aA surprise and delight.a a"Boston Globe" aA fretful, self-effacing, bittera]hilarious story.a a"The Houston Chronicle" aWryly comic.a a"New York Magazine" aHilarious, caustic, and surprisingly moving.a a"Philadelphia Inquirer" aA very funny memoir.a a"GQ" aLyrical, hystericala] funny and angry.a a"Cleveland Plain Dealer" aAn audacious, poke-God-in-theeye memoir.a a"Miami Herald"