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Bastard out of Argentina

The Ministry of Special Cases: A Novel by Nathan Englander

Reviewed by Tyler Cabot

"He's an hijo de puta. The son of a whore. But not just any whore: a Jewish whore. And in case your Hebrew-school teacher didn't tell you what that means, let me explain. It means Kaddish Poznan is done. Cosmically eighty-sixed. The rabbi and community won't touch him, and he thinks God forgot him long ago. But there's more...." Read the entire Esquire review.

2 Responses to "Bastard out of Argentina"

    James Brian April 18th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    It's been a long time since I read a review of a dramatic novel that made me want to read it, but this is a special case. Tyler Cabot has written a review that grabs you, holds you tight, devours your interest and spits you out wanting to read the book. I'm too broke to buy Englander's novel, but I'll remember the title when I'm flush.

    s h a r o n April 18th, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Wow. Here's a book that could feed my penchant for conspiracy theories. "It's about fathers and sons and mothers and faith and community and war and hope and shame." So many inscrutable mysteries and events in the lives of humans from our earliest days--they need answers! Explanation! BELIEF!

    Let's claim there's a God who is in charge of unleashing all these mysteries on us. Let's school kids with authority and fear and punishment to quell their dangerous energy and spirit, and any penchant for wandering around exploring their world and not seeking gainful employment. Let's govern the unruly populace with an iron hand such that "uprisings" and demands for rational accountability for the governors' actions can never arise.

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