[ Audiobooks ] Kaddish.com Author Nathan Englander – Z55z.co

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.


10 thoughts on “Kaddish.com

  1. Ron Charles Ron Charles says:

    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...


  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    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 ...


  3. Lark Benobi Lark Benobi says:

    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 ...


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    When Larry s father dies in 1999, sitting shiva at his sister s house in Memphis is as much as he can cope with he knows he ll never manage to pray for his father s soul for a whole year, as is his duty in Orthodox Judaism Once he s back in New York City he s unlikely to even set foot in a synagogue Camping out in his nephew s room, he breaks off from Internet porn long enough to find a website that promises a yeshiva student in Jerusalem will say the Kaddish for his father for a price.Twenty years later, that slob Larry doesn t exist any he s become a rabbi, Shuli, teaching seventh grade at a yeshiva in Brooklyn and married with two kids When a favorite student loses his father, it brings back all the shame of failing to do his duty by his own father, and Shuli decides to find the people behind kaddish.com and take back the burden he never should have passed off to someone else The deeper he digs with the help of his technology minded students, though, the it seems like kaddish.com might not exist.The novel s tone is a cross between Shalom Auslander and Dave Eggers, and there s something haunting about the ide...


  5. Alex Alex says:

    2.5Like many secular Jews, I am a fan of Philip Roth, whose irreverent audacious writing did not shy away from tackling the issue of Jewish identity in the United States, especially the generational conflicts between the conservative religious generation and younger and secular liberal youth that shaped the community in the post WW2 years.So I was excited to see Nathan Englander s new book, Kaddish.com, be compared to the early writing of Roth Englander was a Pulitzer finalist for a previous short story collection that seemed to also tackle issues of contemporary Jewish identity admittedly I have not read it so this seemed promising While there are definitely echoes of Roth and Englander certainly writes well, this newest novel missed the mark and felt dated, better situated alongside Goodbye Columbus rather than a modern take with its finger on the pulse of a Jewish identity in conflict and in flux.We follow the story of a thirty year old Larry, at his father s deathbed, trying to justify his own rejection of orthodox traditions and the religious obligations his father now demands of him as the oldest son Being asked to engage in The Mourners Kaddish, a praye...


  6. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    Larry 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 He hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called kaddish.com This novel is a quick read and not as dense as the last one from this author, but Larry is a likeable fool of a character who is still able to go on a deeper journey of self examination, in what he owes to his family, how much of his identity comes from being Jewish and what that should ultimately mean for his life.My rating is like 3.5 stars It s very readable and Larry is a good character, but there is a major character ...


  7. Sherril Sherril says:

    Oy Where to begin I m of conflicting opinions when it comes to reviewing Nathan Englander s newest work, kaddish.com I want to give it four stars because I really like the author and the way he writes But, for almost all of the second half, I felt mostly annoyed and even a bit contemptuous of the main character, Larry turned Shuley I came to kaddish.com having read Englander s short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and absolutely loved it I received the hard copy book, kaddish.com recently at a book fair, where I also got to share a few words with the author both during the QA and when he autographed my book So I already felt connected upon starting kaddish.com I will rate the book 1 2 And the connection goes even deeper The book is a Jewish story about Larry who grows up in an Orthodox community in Brooklyn, shrugs off his Orthodox ways to become a thoroughly secular, albeit, somewhat lost adult This becomes an issue in his family of origin, when he goes to his father s funeral at his religious sister, Dina s house in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lives with her family, among her ultra Orthodox community and where his now deceased father had also lived Larry is forced to sit shiva and if you don t ...


  8. Michelle Michelle says:

    At first I wasn t sure if I would like this book but after about 50 pages or so I was reeled in Not being Jewish myself I didn t understand a few of the Yiddish words and was unaware of some of the traditions But I feel the overall conce...


  9. Wendy Cosin Wendy Cosin says:

    Short and amusing, kaddish.com is about an American Jewish religious man s quest to properly say Kaddish for his father Although I am Jewish, I didn t understand the what I assume are Yiddish words, but I got the gist of it I found the beginning, when the main character was not religious, particular...


  10. Jennifer S. Brown Jennifer S. Brown says:

    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 ...