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Melvin Jules BukietThis may sound vaguely familiar, and indeed it is. The hero of Adam Mansbach's panoramic new novel, The End of the Jews, is an amalgam of Saul Bellow's Augie March in his "wrenching lust for…a life lived in the present moment, an American life," and Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman in his aspiration to become "a writer [who] can wrestle with the snarled, mystifying whole, with the fact that nothing is simple, that no answer is right, that life is twinned and layered and everything contradicts everything else." Besides evoking Augie and Nathan, Mansbach elicits references to a slew of other Jewish literary figures, both real and imagined. Tristan goes through a Maileresque risk-seeking phase while his poet-wife, Amalia, channels Cynthia Ozick's frustrated muliebrity. Yet Mansbach makes this well-trodden turf his own through powerful descriptive passages and keen social analysis.
—The Washington Post