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The Rabbi of Lud
     

The Rabbi of Lud

by Stanley Elkin
 

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Rabbi Jerry Goldkern resides in Lud, New Jersey, where Jews from the surrounding states come to bury their dead. Distressed by the lack of living children in the area, the Rabbi's daughter Connie creates a scandal that livens up the town of Lud when she testifies to meeting the Virgin Mary.
Widely considered to be one of the most important authors of the

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Rabbi Jerry Goldkern resides in Lud, New Jersey, where Jews from the surrounding states come to bury their dead. Distressed by the lack of living children in the area, the Rabbi's daughter Connie creates a scandal that livens up the town of Lud when she testifies to meeting the Virgin Mary.
Widely considered to be one of the most important authors of the contemporary era, Stanley Elkin is a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and has been nominated for the National Book Award on three occasions. He is the author of over a dozen novels and a short story collection, including The Magic Kingdom, The Franchiser, and George Mills. Dalkey Archive Press began a project in 1998 to restore to print all of Elkin's work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elkin ``defies death with a glistening tale that is laugh-out-loud hilarious as well as poignant,'' praised PW . He introduces a ``voluble, acerbically witty and deliciously irreverent'' rabbi whose business is officiating at the funerals of people he has never met in the necropolis of Lud, N.J. (October)
Library Journal
This is typical Elkin, a blackly humorous character study very ethnic in tone. Jerry Goldkorn, who barely made it though his own bar mitzvah, is the rabbi of Lud, New Jersey, noted primarily for its many cemeteries. Indeed, the rabbi's chief function is to preside at the funerals of people he never knew. He clearly recognizes the basic absurdity of his role but seems content with his lot. Not so his daughter, who rebels by claiming to talk with the ``Holy Mother'' and St. Myra Weiss, patron saint of kids whose dads get transferred. In a lengthy digression dealing with the rabbi's leave in Alaska, one senses that Elkin somehow lost his way. The book has its moments but in the end leaves one feeling a bit unsatisfied. David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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"[Elkin] defies death with a glistening tale that is laugh-out-loud hilarious as well as poignant." -- PW

Dalkey Archive Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684189024
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Pages:
222

Meet the Author

Stanley Elkin (1930-1995) was an award-winning author of novels, short stories, and essays. Born in the Bronx, Elkin received his BA and PhD from the University of Illinois and in 1960 became a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught until his death. His critically acclaimed works include the National Book Critics Circle Award-winners "George Mills" (1982) and "Mrs. Ted Bliss" (1995), as well as the National Book Award finalists "The Dick Gibson Show" (1972), "Searches and Seizures "(1974), and "The MacGuffin" (1991). His book of novellas, "Van Gogh's Room at Arles", was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award.

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