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Margaret

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  • Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Wex
    • Narrated By Michael Wex
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

    dlb says: "entertaining & informative"
    "Listened to it twice so far!"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book that I thought was about linguistics, but delivered so much more. The previous mentions of the harsh narration are right, and at first it is pretty hard to take, but I got used to it after awhile. And, there are times when Mr. Wex drops the extreme accent and reveals a pleasant reading voice. The choice not to use that all the time is rather baffling, but the book itself was so enjoyable that I got over it and I didn't even notice how much I was learning. I am still laughing about the place of the chicken in Yiddish culture. Terrific.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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