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Love it or hate it, Jew Girl by EminemsRevenge is an unforgettable semi-autobiographical novel about the struggle of surviving another day in the post 9/11 New York City area. The first 50 pages are confusing at times, as is the city to a newcomer. Things fall into place, and the reader is drawn into the lives of the characters, who come to life in this vulgar, multi-ethnic, Dantesque tale. Reuven, 'the chosen one' journeys across the evil city in search of 'the Hamlet of Harlem,' hoping this man can somehow perform a miracle. All of the subsequent characters know these two people in some way and while some are entranced by the unusual rainbow that appears that day, others know that the day is 'unlike any other day.' '...There was something seriously amiss in the universe TODAY, something more nefarious than the discovery the ethereal lord she once so devotedly placed all her hope on might not be the omnipotent force that kept her from drowning in the sorrow that was her life...' Eileen, the long-suffering mother Mauverneen, the siren of the Road Kill Diner Ian Odamench, the revered teacher with the fading blue tattoo on his left forearm the triumvirate of Darla, Dora, and Darla and a host of memorable characters all act their part in this modern day drama. EminemsRevenge presents his characters as Dante did some 600 years ago, incorporating well known figures with people from his own life. Often vulgar, this book is written in the vernacular of the city streets. How the races and religions interact is an integral part of the novel. '...It did not enter his mind that an innocuous anti-Semitic comment made by her might cause Luke umbrage. As far as Ryan was concerned, all schwartzes considered the creed of his people a gutter religion...' The terminology in Jew Girl is often difficult to comprehend. Foreign and religious words and phrases are interjected into the novel in a new and exciting, often arduous to comprehend way. (There is a glossary in the back for the reader.) EminemsRevenge seems to create new words to suit his purpose, and they often enhance this dramatic saga of players in this one day of their ordinary lives. The ending is abrupt and seemingly unfinished, but many things in life end that way. Love it or hate it, Jew Girl should be required reading for all who wish to know the mindset of many in modern New York. The struggle to digest the book is well worth the shot!
This book is not for someone looking for light escape fiction. It exposes the everyday reality of life with it's lack of connections and unpredictability while at the same time showing the threads that connect all of us just because we're human. We see how each of us lives in our own world, affected by the world outside and things we can't control, never really knowing what we think we know about someone else and his world. Ian Odamench sees Reuven as a potential messiah. Some of the women who work with Reuven's mom think he's special, too. Reuven just wants his mom to get well. He's looking for a savior for his dying mom, Eileen. He thinks Jonah is who he is looking for. Jonah has gone through life only barely aware of how he has affected others. Though once part of Eileen's life, he's just looking to get through each day. For all the connections of the main characters, all the lesser characters have their impact too. No one has a truly minor role. Sometimes it's the character the walk-on role who provides the most significant catalyst. These characters are real whether or not they live on your patch of the fabric of life. This book can be startling, annoying or difficult but ultimately, it reveals the true pattern of the whole.
I don't think that anyone would ask that question, but as I was doing a paper about blogging last year I stumbled across EminemsRevenge, an outspoken blogger who's style is equal parts James Joyce and Lenny Bruce, and I was driven to buy the book he was promoting--Jew Girl! The book reads like a cross between Ice T's 'Body Count' rap-opera and 'Finnegans Wake,' so it comes as no surprise that EminemsRevenge has been called a hack and a madman by the various 'writer's' sites he's been featured on. 'Jew Girl' fortunately has a glossary at the end, and ER's redefinition of certain Hebrew, Latin, French, (etc.) phrases reminds me of the first time I read 'A Clockwork Orange,' and fortunately I read the edition which had a glossary too. This book will probably go down in history as a 'Stephen Hero' though, and I can only hope that this author continues to find the muse. 'Jew Girl' is just a tad short of greatness