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Kaddish.com The Pulitzer Finalist Delivers His Best Work Yet A Brilliant, Streamlined Comic Novel, Reminiscent Of Early Philip Roth And Of His Own Most Masterful Stories, About A Son S Failure To Say Kaddish For His FatherLarry Is An Atheist In A Family Of Orthodox Memphis Jews When His Father Dies, It Is His Responsibility As The Surviving Son To Recite The Kaddish, The Jewish Prayer For The Dead, Every Day For Eleven Months To The Horror And Dismay Of His Mother And Sisters, Larry Refuses Thus Imperiling The Fate Of His Father S Soul To Appease Them, And In Penance For Failing To Mourn His Father Correctly, He Hatches An Ingenious If Cynical Plan, Hiring A Stranger Through A Website Called Kaddish.com To Recite The Daily Prayer And Shepherd His Father S Soul Safely To Rest.This Is Nathan Englander S Freshest And Funniest Work To Date A Satire That Touches, Lightly And With Unforgettable Humor, On The Conflict Between Religious And Secular Worlds, And The Hypocrisies That Run Through Both A Novel About Atonement About Spiritual Redemption And About The Soul Sickening Temptations Of The Internet, Which, Like God, Is Everywhere. This book delighted me A short but thought provoking novel about a religious man who goes OTD off the derech, aka, becomes no longer religious His religious family insists he say kaddish, the mourner s prayer, for his father Because he knows he won t, he finds a website where he can pay someone to say Kaddish.com is a novel, but its first part serves as another reminder of Nathan Englander s extraordinary skill as a short story writer Set 20 years before the rest of the book, it describes a contentious family gathering following a patriarch s death Larry the black sheep has come from Brooklyn to stay with his Orthodox sister in Memphis as they sit shiva Despite hearing the quiet, muttering stream of well wishers, he feels harshly appraised I want them not to judge me just because I left their stupid world, he hisses at his sister in the kitchen These two siblings lash out at each other with words sharpened by grief Larry insists he be allowed to mourn in his own way His sister upbraids him for thoughtlessly ignoring their traditions It s no reason to treat me like a freak, he cries They re just stupi I ve read many short stories by Nathan Englander, but this is the first novel I ve read by him When the story begins, we learn that Larry s father has just died He s at his sisters house in Memphis, Tennessee having to sit shivah when the story begins Larry s sister, Dina, is driving him insane She s ruthless about the ancient rituals They must be observed correctly according to Jewish law Larry, Dina, and their family grew up in an ultra orthodox Jewish home in Royal Hills, Brooklyn Larry had turned away from the strict orthodox observances years ago very similar to Nathan Englander himself I wanted to slap Dina for using profanity force guilt and righteous indignation onto Larry.Dina was a bitch She insisted her younger brother grow up he was 30 and plenty grown up , and take responsibility for the Jewish laws.According to Dina there was only one way to morn the dead Too bad Dina wasn t born male she could have had the responsibility and pleasure of following the perfect traditional laws in Judaism But, the responsibility belongs to the male son NO WAY does Larry want to say the Kaddish every day for 11 months Larry refuses He loves his father and wants to morn his father s death his own damn way I was cheering him on When a Rabbi tells Larry that he could pass his People compare Nathan Englander to Philip Roth and it s a fair comparison only in that they are both Jewish and they both have a talent for writing scenes that include masturbation But Roth lived at a time when he felt his goals included defining for his readers what it meant to be a secular American Jew with the emphasis on American His characters are Jewish, yes, but in a mostly secular way, where the obligation and identity are sublimated, and where their greater goal as characters is to be as mainstream American as possible Roth lived through a time when redlining was still an open secret, and when people went out of their way to not hire Jews, or allow them in their clubs his novels worked, on one level, to unmask the absurdity that Jewish Americans were different from any other Americans.Englander is a couple of generations younger than Roth The goal of his Jewish characters feels different They are thinking about the downside of being as secular and as assimilated as possible Englander makes his characters think deeply about their faith than Roth does They think about the weight of obligation they have to

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