Thursday, June 7, 2007

Beware of God

Author: Shalom Auslander

Quote: "'Fuck,' said God."

Why you should read this book: Funky and irreverant, Auslander comes off as a cross between Harlan Ellison, Franz Kafka, and Sholom Aleichem, plugged into the new millennium and steeped in magical realism. No topic is taboo and no belief off limits in a world where chimps achieve self-awareness, dogs chastise young boys over their sexual awakening, and the question is not "Who is in control?" but "Is anyone paying attention?" and if so, does it make a difference? Funny on the surface but deceptively deep, this book provides a modern take on the old Jewish tradition of questioning everything, all the time.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You think god is serious.

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