Hope: A Tragedy

Hope: A Tragedy

by Shalom Auslander
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Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history-a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history-hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.

The critically acclaimed writer Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594488382
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shalom Auslander was raised in Monsey, New York. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Tablet, The New Yorker, and has had stories aired on NPR's This American Life. Auslander is the author of the short story collection Beware of God and the memoir Foreskin's Lament. He lives in New York City. To learn more about Shalom Auslander, please visit shalomauslander.com.

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Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel the negative reviews found here are from people who simply didn't understand the book. Read for yourself instead of listening to others. This is my new favorite, not because of the plot or the story, but because of the underlying themes presented. Just trust me when I say to give it a chance, it is worth it.
LoReed More than 1 year ago
Irreverent, piercing, funny, philosophical, searching...a companion even. Maybe the best reader gets the love/hate idiom of NY Jewish identity. But I'd like to think that the audience is wide and broad. It's so well crafted and surprising and real. Should be required reading for creative writing courses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kirkus Review review is right on the money. Reminds me of an intelligent Woody Allen movie...
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Wouldn't recommend it. I felt annoyed by the main character throughout the whole book.  I found myself rooting against him and couldn't wait for the book to be finished so I could start reading something better.
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Not the type of book I would usually read and now I know why. A long winded book about somebody who suffers from psychosis brought on by an equally neurotic mother, the book had me wanting to take some psychotropic meds myself by the end of it. Not recommended unless you truely enjoy stories about dysfunctional families!!
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Couldnt put it down
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Shalom Auslander proved that he is an accomplished writer in his previous collection of short stories. His imagination is again on full display here but although the book is largely a pleasre to read and filled with humor and persuasive insights, it is a bit of a one-trick pony, and the lack of action or even much of a plot makes it seem longer than it is. That said, fans of Auslander will not want to miss it. And, although it is a flawed work, the flashes of brilliance make it a worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give it **. It was way too fast paced and you seem to have someting against punctuation. When you write stories you also need more detail. The grammar was bad as well and you kept switching between first and third person. It made it confuaing to read. There just were not enough details to tell me whats going on. The description of bluemist seemed whacky. My summary is luna gets separated from soot who is her best friend, then gets captured by twolegs with a clan cat. Then they escape, and luna becomes a warrior. Idk her clan ame. U didnt put it. Then there are dogs. Id like to have way more details. I wrote a story lik this and i only got to one and a half scenes. Thats because there was lots of detail and it got five stars from everybody. So dont b afraid to add detail. Poorly written but nice try and the storyline was nice.
KDavio More than 1 year ago
I have never read a more stupid book then this one - cannot recommend it to anyone except maybe someone who needs a doorstop = cannot even bring myself to waste any more time on this review = I would write an f*bomb something or other but the author of this book seems to have the corner on that = do not spend one cent or one second on this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your money!