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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book, and a “chaotic, laugh riot” (San Francisco Chronicle) of a memoir.

Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up and was estranged from his community, his religion and its traditions, he could not find the path to a life where he didn’t struggle daily with the fear of God’s formidable wrath. Foreskin’s Lament reveals Auslander’s “painfully, cripplingly, incurably, miserably religious” youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox Jewish community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. His combination of unrelenting humor and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith and family.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2007
October 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

steirve ,

Sad Dude

Actually enjoyed the book and related to it quite a bit. Like the author, I grew up in Monsey NY as an orthodox Jew and attended the same synagogue and day school. I too have issues with god, not sure he exists actually and if he does i don't think he gives a crap what a person eats. Difference is that the author seems to have had a horrible upbringing which is why he is so bitter.
I am no longer observant but have a great relationship with my family despite the fact that I feel that they are a bit fanatic. The author really points out the problems with how judaism is taught in day schools and is a prime- example of what can happen when the methods backfire ...
To the author, chill out, life is too short to be so obsessive over something that is truly unknown.

Tbklyn ,

FANTASTIC!!

Shalom is a modern satirist that reminds me of Vonnegut. I’m a 54 year old recovering catholic who is on a similar journey. May Shalom not be killed by God!!

bennycs ,

Good one, foreskin Autch!land

Easy to read, conveying feelings and emotions directly, as well as Jewish ways of life, thanks God!? that are valid for only a very small part of Jewish population. Although, very few would challenge it as the author does.
I enjoyed it very much.
A good one!

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