So Is This Wilderness and Other Storiesby Benjamin P. David
Benjamin David's first book, So Is This Wilderness and Other Stories, presents readers with the often--outrageous journeys, in both America and Israel, of Mr. David and his memorable band of characters. In the tradition of Philip Roth and even Sholom Aleichem, Benjamin David offers up a dazzling collection of stories both comical and heartbreaking.
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In his first publication, Benjamin P. David pulls the reader into the persona of each of many characters in his short stories. His descriptive style of writing really made me feel as if I were experiencing every funny, sad, frustrating, or nerve-racking moment. Though these stories are somewhat autobiographical, taking place in any number of countries around the world, I feel as though young adults everywhere can relate to the people and places that Benjamin P. David has so brilliantly created.
So Is This Wilderness and Other Stories must be read by every American Jew. Twenty three year old Benjamin David is relentless in presenting his readers with a bare-bone picture of the young Jew's predicament. He brings his audience up and down the east coast as well as clear across the ocean to Israel in presenting them with a fictionalized version of the struggle that has been and continues to be American Judaism. Miami hotels. Pennsylvania dormitory rooms. Salvation Army shops. Jerusalem movie theatres. Readers of So Is This Wilderness and Other Stories incessantly encounter endearing/maddening characters placed in perplexing/awkward situations. These extraordinarily well-developed characters at once evoke laughter and anger, cheer and frustration. The book, a sensational debut, is wonderful and has to be read.
I have not yet decided if my enjoyment of David's book came from his writing style or the variety of personal topics in which he chose to write. Each time David introduces a new character in one of his short stories, I feel as though the character is someone whose life my path has crossed in the past or will cross in the future. Whether or not the stories are autobiographical, he has a knack for bringing his characters to life. On a further note, David's use of commas helps to compliment my reading style, as it is almost as if he understands exactly where I'd pause to think or to feel more about the situation or character. Benjamin David has definitely futhered my interest in Jewish American Literature.