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by Adam Mansbach

  • ISBN: 0385520425
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Adam Mansbach
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • FB2 size: 1719 kb
  • EPUB size: 1980 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 823
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Adam Mansbach succeeds, brilliantly. The End of the Jews is an intense, painful, poignant book. Set against some of the great events of the 20th century - Mansbach brings off some extraordinary scene. nique.

Adam Mansbach succeeds, brilliantly. A stirring panoramic snapshot. The ambition and artfulness in the the novel’s pages earns it the right to be part of the same conversation as Call It Sleep and The Ghost Writer. Washington City Paper

I have a weird relationship with Adam Mansbach's books

Oct 12, 2014 Oriana rated it it was ok. Shelves: read-2014, r. I have a weird relationship with Adam Mansbach's books. I, like most people, first heard of him when Go the Fuck to Sleep took the entire literary world of those under 2 and over 35 by firestorm

Adam Mansbach Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach’s bold new novel faces . I thought the title was especially intriguing, but after I have read the book, not sure that it is especially appropriate.

Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach’s bold new novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them.

Also by adam mansbach. Already some of the most prominent men in America are Jews. Already we have Bernard Baruch, Felix Frankfurter, Groucho Marx, the good half of Mayor La Guardia. Already we have Hank Greenberg, the best first baseman in the history of baseball. Already we have Tristan Brodsky, cutting past the rising smells of soup pots and gefilte fish: fifteen years old, the sum total of five thousand years of Jewry, one week into City College, a mind on him like a diamond cutter.

Mansbach wrote the "children's book for adults" Go the Fuck to Sleep. Mansbach, Adam (2008). The end of the Jews : a novel. New York: Spiegel & Grau. Other books Mansbach has written include Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005, and The End of the Jews (for which he won the California Book Award for fiction in 2008).

That is the vision of The End of the Jews, Adam Mansbach’s smart and cynical new novel, which dramatizes the literary host-parasite relationship through the story of a single family. At its center are two dueling Tristans, grandfather and grandson, both writers. Tristan Brodsky - named not for Wagner’s opera, we’re told, but for a brand of sweaters his father peddled from a pushcart - is a member of the striving first generation of children of New York Jewish immigrants.

Adam Mansbach's latest novel, The End of the Jews, was published in March 2008 by Spiegel & Grau/Doubleday.

Go the F k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, it captures the familiar-and s of putting your little angel down for the night. Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach's bold new novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them. The End of the Jews" offers all the rewards of the traditional family epic, but Mansbach's irreverent wit and rich, kinetic prose shed new light on the genre.

An excerpt from The End of the Jews. CHAPTER ONE. Tristan Brodsky jogs across the block, toward his building, sidestepping the rotten produce the fruit-and-vegetable men pitch toward the gutters as they close up shop. He is late for a dinner table he will be the first to vacate, but Tristan's ears still perk, listening for the slaps and shouts that herald stickball. Tristan is a two-sewer man. Books related to The End of the Jews. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture while slowly suffocating his poet wife, who harbors secrets of her own. Nina Hricek, a driven young Czech photographer escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with a group of black musicians only to find herself trapped yet again, this time in a doomed love affair.

The ruthlessly engrossing and beautifully rendered story of the Brodskys, a family of artists who realize, too late, one elemental truth: Creation’s necessary consequence is destruction.Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach’s bold new novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture while slowly suffocating his poet wife, who harbors secrets of her own. Nina Hricek, a driven young Czech photographer escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with a group of black musicians only to find herself trapped yet again, this time in a doomed love affair. And finally, Tris Freedman, grandson of Tristan and lover of Nina, a graffiti artist and unanchored revolutionary, cannibalizes his family history to feed his muse. In the end, their stories converge and the survival of each requires the sacrifice of another. The End of the Jews offers all the rewards of the traditional family epic, but Mansbach’s irreverent wit and rich, kinetic prose shed new light on the genre. It runs on its own chronometer, somersaulting gracefully through time and space, interweaving the tales of these three protagonists who, separated by generation and geography, are leading parallel lives.
Reviews about The End of the Jews: A Novel (7):
Bukelv
I am not Jewish, yet I enjoyed Adam Mansbach's moving multi-genererational novel immensely, and so, I suspect, will you. Certainly the novel is laced with references to Jewish customs, traditions, and even dishes (noodle kugel, anyone?), and it deals partly with the complex relationships between Jews and blacks. But ultimately the book is less about being Jewish than about being human. It is about closeness and aloofness. It is about what marriage does and doesn't accomplish. It is about friends and family and how difficult it sometimes is to extricate yourself from situations caused by those nearest to you. There is sadness and tension (and a modicum of sex), but there is also humor, and a chapter in which grandfather and grandson go on a graffiti expedition is simply a howl. In the end, you will find that it doesn't matter whether the characters are Jewish or Swedish or Brazilian or Martian: They and their hopes, dreams, and disappointments will linger long in your memory.
Galubel
The writing is brilliant. I am not Jewish, but my "domestic partner" is. The opening of this book makes a writer like me ooze with jealousy. We meet Tristan, living in the Bronx, with all the other Jewish families in the apartment building. And we just know that he will be breaking out of "tradition"! You too might be thinking "Fiddler on the Roof." Then suddenly the reader is transplanted to Prague when it was under Soviet rule to a truly remarkable story--and it seems to be a separate story--of another sort-of Jewish family. But there are connections. Then out of nowhere, it seems, comes Tris in chapter three, a teenager, who is driving his mother mad, his mother being the daughter of the Tristan (hence Tris the grandson) from the first chapter. Oh, my. Poor Linda! The end of the Jews all right. This is just the most amazing book, and the pieces fall into place. It deserves more than five stars.
tamada
I read this book because I was hearing the author speak. While a little intriguing, this book is mostly full of very stereotypical characters who as one other reviewer noted, fairly shallowly drawn. The book is also a bit contrived and self-important. The author apparently spent time when he was quite young with hip-hop bands and has incorporated this (and some other family history) into different aspects the characters, but it doesn't ring true or matter. I plowed through it until the end, but did not find it satisfying or worthwhile.
Leceri
Very interesting concept in this book. Using it for a book club.
shipped timely and in great condition.
Keramar
Adam Mansbach's recent horror action thrillers betrayed a literary skills and credentials, but this book really brought home just how well the man can write. And talk about versatility, this one is miles away from Dead Run and Devil's Bag Man in almost every possible way, except for quality. The End of Jews is an exploration of several generations of a New York (Jewish, obviously) family and their wide circle of friends, lovers and acquaintances. Its timeline interweaving narrative is sprawling, ambitious and competent, putting one in mind of such generational epics as Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, although not quite as amazing. It covers a huge variety of subjects and being Jewish is only one of them. It deals heavily with cultural and ethnic identity, racial politics, authenticity, talent, love and family...which is of course quite a generic description, but I'm never quite sure how much specificity a review requires. At the heart of the story are two Tristans, grandfather and grandson, both authors of various success, and how their chosen vocation has shaped and affected their lives and lives of those near them. Because this novel is such an onion, some layers are more interesting than others, To me the highlight was the early chapters of Nina's life. Some parts I thought dragged on a tad. Here's the thing, though...this isn't a perfectly even narrative, some of it dealt with things I don't care very much about (graffiti, jazz, Adam Mansbach is hip. Very hip. And he lets you know it.), most of the characters I honestly didn't like very much and didn't care for their choices...and yet the fact that despite all that Mansbach created such a compelling story impressed me tremendously. It isn't an easy or a light read, but it's intelligent, challenging and good, really good. I can only imagine how magnetic it would have been with some less frustrating characters. Enjoyable, albeit in a very particular way.

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