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Beware of God: Stories by Shalom Auslander
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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Fiction, Judaica, read

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Auslander is angry, bitter, talented and funny. He is also scarred and has an agenda. His prose is entertaining, witty and transmits resentment in an enjoyable way.

Sadly, all this somehow fails to make him a great writer. Which is not a problem. "Beware of God" is a light read and I feel marginally glad to be living in a society which allows Auslander's sarcasm to flourish in print. Have Santa put it into your sock. ( )
  alik-fuchs | Apr 27, 2018 |
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 |
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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.

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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 a Talmudic 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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