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Beware of God: Stories by Shalom Auslander

Beware of God: Stories (edition 2006)

by Shalom Auslander

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Title:Beware of God: Stories
Authors:Shalom Auslander
Info:Simon & Schuster (2006), Paperback, 208 pages
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These are stories based on the Jewish tradition which are totally profane and blasphemous so read them at your own risk. Some of them are quite funny. I liked three of the stories better than the others. "Bobo the Self Hating Chimp" is the story of how a chimp becomes aware of God, Death, Guilt and Shame. In "Somebody Up There Likes You", Bloom does not die in the car accident meant to kill him. "Startling Revelations from the Lost Book of Stan" tells the story of Stan finding the oldest Testaments. Don't say you weren't warned about the impropriety of these stories! ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 23, 2014 |
One of the most deeply profane books I have ever read. ( )
  chris.givler | Apr 27, 2013 |
Heinlein said in Stranger in a Strange Land that humor is based on what hurts. These stories are funny because Auslander's anger and hurt about the sorry state of the world and God's responsibility for it are so serious and real. ( )
  raizel | Mar 20, 2013 |
I liked this book and i can't really tell you why. Very short stories mostly from a jewish perspective. Homourous and odd. ( )
  chuewyc | May 6, 2012 |
I guess I’ve only ever heard Shalom Auslander speak about serious subjects, like the existential fear he at times experienced when he decided to distance himself from his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. I started reading this book knowing that he was a man steeped in Judaism, but I had no idea how flat out funny he is. He writes with a wry sense of humor, a startling awareness of the human condition and a sharp prose that somehow manages to be both a tiny bit jaded yet steeped in sentimentality. Not an easy feat, to be sure. Read my entire review here: http://ireadeverything.com/beware-of-god-by-shalom-auslander-3/ ( )
  oddbooks | Oct 28, 2010 |
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The Mishnah says that it was our forefather Isaac who asked God to bring suffering to the world, since suffering is a great thing. God replied that it is indeed a wonderful idea and so He made Isaac blind. ["Holocaust Tips for Kids," p. 73.]
He was overcome with the desire to build something with hammers and wood. [The Metamorphosis," p. 116]
Surly, bossy, paranoid, violent. God was a terrible influence. ["Prophet's Dilemma," p. 131]
Goldsmith didn't care much for God's apology. He wasn't angry about his mother's death; death happens. But he was angry about her suffering. He could well understand that there were things he could not understand, but the need for suffering was something he never wanted to understand. He couldn't stomach the sight of God these days, but what was he going to do? ["They're All the Same," pp. 145-6]
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:16 -0400)

Featuring wide-ranging and inventive tales of violent rabbis, lovelorn wives, a busy grim reaper, shame-filled simians and one seriously angry deity, this collection of disquieting stories from Shalom Auslander includes stories with themes such as sex, shame, God and death.… (more)

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