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Hope

A Tragedy
Auslander, Shalom (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A New York Times Notable Book 2012

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 for Kugel?

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 Kugel bought, and when, one night, he discovers history?a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history?hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.

Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting 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.



Baker & Taylor
Deliberately relocating his family to an unremarkable rural town in New York in the hopes of starting over, Solomon Kugel finds his efforts challenged by his depressive mother, a local arsonist and the discovery of a believed-dead historical specimen hiding his attic. A first novel.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Authors: Auslander, Shalom
Statement of Responsibility: Shalom Auslander
Title: Hope
a tragedy
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm.
LCCN: 2011046843
ISBN: 9781594488382
159448838X
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Research Call Number: JFE 12-1750
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Feb 27, 2013
  • Vincent T Lombardo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 24, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 20, 2012
  • orphicfiddler rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 19, 2012
  • mswendybe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 04, 2012
  • TIM P TURESKI rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Jun 04, 2012
  • TIM P TURESKI rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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Jun 19, 2012
  • mswendybe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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