Hope

Hope

A Tragedy : A Novel

Book - 2012
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Relocating his family to an unremarkable rural town in New York in the hopes of starting over, Solomon Kugel must cope with his depressive mother, a local arsonist, and the discovery of a believed-dead historical specimen hiding in his attic.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781594488382
159448838X
Branch Call Number: F AUS NVD
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm

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jdrinca
Mar 08, 2017

I made it through about 30 pages of this and then gave up. The characters were all strange, self absorbed, and not at all interesting. It seemed like Auslander thought he was being clever by making them so neurotic, but they were just repulsive. I had no interest in finding out what happened to these horrible people.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 26, 2013

This book asks many thought provoking and disturbing questions. Is there a God? Is life really better than death? But make no mistake: this is a VERY FUNNY BOOK! I laughed out loud at almost every page. Read this book because it will make you laugh. If it makes you think, then that is a bonus.

Ólive Jul 24, 2012

Shalom Auslander's style makes me read everything in Hope: A Tragedy like there's a tiny Lewis Black living in my head. And I certainly enjoyed that aspect of the book - there were some crazy quotable bits (like anything from the discussion on why Hitler was an optimist), and some dead funny bits too (the Holocaust lamp). But . . . oh, we have to have our caveats. I'm just not sure there was enough to the main idea of this book to make a novel out of it. It seems more suited to a short story, which makes sense, I suppose, considering Auslander's publication history. His characters also felt a wee bit wooden, but ah well. It was still worth a read.

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orphicfiddler
Jun 20, 2012

Shalom Auslander's style makes me read everything in Hope: A Tragedy like there's a tiny Lewis Black living in my head. And I certainly enjoyed that aspect of the book - there were some crazy quotable bits (like anything from the discussion on why Hitler was an optimist), and some dead funny bits too (the Holocaust lamp). But . . . oh, we have to have our caveats. I'm just not sure there was enough to the main idea of this book to make a novel out of it. It seems more suited to a short story, which makes sense, I suppose, considering Auslander's publication history. His characters also felt a wee bit wooden, but ah well. It was still worth a read.

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mswendybe
Jun 19, 2012

Anne Frank didn't die during the Holocaust. And she's living in the attic of Solomon Kugel's new house. This move doesn't exactly go as planned.

TIM P TURESKI Jun 04, 2012

What would you do if you lived in a house in the country and found Anne Frank living in your attic? I loved this book. The author has a darkly refreshing sense of humor. The main character, Solomon Kugel, is not easily forgotten.

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TIM P TURESKI Jun 04, 2012

TIM P TURESKI thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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mswendybe
Jun 19, 2012

This, said Mother, as she handed him a piece of dry, tasteless matzoh, is the bread of our affliction.

Where, young Kugel wondered, is the seven-layer cake of our salvation? Where is the muffin of our mirth? Where is our no-longer-reduced-to-jelly doughnut?

Just eat it, Mother said.

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