Ah, And I thought nothing could outdo my family on Christmas! This story about a family coming together after the father's death provided characters and a tablou that continually made me smile in my head. I do not usually like books that are described as witty, but the characters, dialogue between them, and the unfolding of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
Mort Foxman’s dying wish is that his 4 children along with his wife sit Shiva for him. Shiva is a process of mourning in Judaism where the immediate family of the deceased sit together for seven days to mourn. None of them including Mort was ever religious, but they could not disobey their atheist father’s dying wish.
Judd, the 2nd youngest son who is separated because his wife is having an affair with his shock-jock boss, narrates the book. All the other spouses are present as well. To say the family is dysfunctional would be an understatement and to expect seven days of Shiva to pass easily would be ridiculous. As a matter of fact, the book takes you on an hour-by-hour journey of the Shiva, through all the visits of well meaning friends and neighbours to the off times when the family is forced to deal with each other. The book is full of comical scenes, an abundance of wisecracks, sex and bar room type brawls which is a little unusual for most Shiva’s. One of my favorite wisecracks was A Porsche is like a model, it looks better than it feels.
Between Mort’s kids, their spouses and children, there are a lot of characters to get to know. Tropper does a great job at developing each unique personality, but it’s when he puts these personalities together in a room for seven days that the humor and action emerges. Even the Rabbi is part of the gang from their childhood, inappropriately named Boner, he fits right in. There is a lot of cutting, witty, real and believable dialogue. It’s like reading a long x-rated Seinfeld episode.
This book had me smiling all the time, sometimes even laughing out loud. An enjoyable read I would recommend to anyone.
I would start over.
Probably not. While the idea was good, it didn't deliver. Maybe it was the performance, or maybe it would be funnier if I was more acquainted with the jewish culture. I just didn't get the humor and will not watch the movie.
No, not really.
It is a movie and no, I won't go.
Not funny, not interesting, not a realistic family dynamic, just plain not good. Wish I'd just watched the movie instead of wasting so many hours of my life listening to this hoping it would redeem itself in the end. Spoiler alert, it doesn't.
Reading is a great source for an old guy trying to reinvent himself
This book had to be good, right? I mean a major motion picture, bestseller list,competent writer with an ear for striking metaphors; how could we go wrong?but In the end there is nothing. The characters go their dysfunctional ways, wallow in their disloyalties, practice their incompetencies; and learn, from all appearances, nothing.
Better story, interesting charaters
Not the genre but definitely the author.
I hated the narrator. He whines.
Too many to list.
I'd like to get my money back for this book. A total waste of a book credit.
i like to read. i like to listen.
this was my first jonathan tropper book..not sure where i've been. but now i know what i've been missing. there were some great great one liners in this book. so many that i found myself bookmarking an over abundance of pages...with multiple marks on each page. by the time i got 1/3 of the way in, i stopped bothering...realizing that the entire novel was basically mark worthy.
judd, the narrator, was relatable in a depressing sort of way. self depricating, lost, sorry and sad...and speaking the voice of my generation. ramon de ocampo had the perfect voice to display the inner workings of judd...snarky and sad at the same time.
i laughed a lot, i also cringed a lot. the true-ness of the way tropper writes is at the same time eye opening and also upsetting.
so, this family was nothing like mine...but i don't care. they are obviously all caricatures. each one more deliberately miserable, discontented, and awful to each other....then alternately sensitive and loving in a way that reminds you of relationships you wish you had. anyway, all of this just contributes to the greatness of this story. it makes for a truly interesting dynamic filled with laughable and poignant interactions...all topped off by judd's truly insightful punch lines.
i could easily see this novel being turned into a film...hope that actually happens.
This family is real and so screwed up. I enjoyed myself while I got lost in the characters. Yes, you can see so much coming in the plot but a lot will be surprised too. Give this book a spin and you too will be glad you don't have to sit shiva.
If you like college educated women portrayed as mooches and whores then this is the book for you. The author represents women as weak, manipulative beings that all need a man to take care of them. Even in a lesbian relationship the character is shown as needy and wanting. Women cheating, women expecting to be supported through marriage and after. I could go on and on.
I finished listening to it even though the journey essentially took me no where. I am giving it two stars instead of one because it was a fast listen. Honestly, it simply wasn't deep enough to have to pay close attention to what was being read.