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Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews (original 1993; edición 1995)

por Howard Jacobson

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When fast-breaking political events forced British novelist Jacobson (Peeping Tom) to put off a trip to Lithuania planned as a search for his Jewish roots, he accepted an offer from the BBC to visit Jewish communities around the globe instead. This informed and witty account of his experiences deals with the wide variety of contemporary Jewish life, as well as with how Jacobson's observations affected his own concept of what it means to be a Jew. Riding an emotional roller coaster, he witnessed the hostility between Jews and African Americans in New York City, attended services in a gay synagogue in California and found his basic cynicism about religion reinforced after he spent time with Orthodox Jews in Israel, although his spirits were lifted by a visit to an idealistic, tolerant Israeli kibbutz. His journey concluded with the postponed trip to Lithuania, where the author found virulent anti-Semitism. The book has been adapted for a forthcoming BBC/PBS documentary.… (más)
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Título:Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews
Autores:Howard Jacobson
Info:Overlook TP (1995), Paperback, 502 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Valoración:****1/2
Etiquetas:Judaism, history, travel, NO LONGER OWNED BY ME

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Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews por Howard Jacobson (1993)

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Liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The "action" begins at a Catskills resort; being from the NYC area (though a gentile), it was fairly easy for me to get into the swing of things. Jacobson's treatment of "Israel's role in a 'Jewish identity'" (my terminology, not his) might seem harsh, though honest. The writing quality remains consistently high throughout, but I can't quite bring myself to give the full 5 stars; the final chapter in Lithuania seemed abrupt. Highly recommended. ( )
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When fast-breaking political events forced British novelist Jacobson (Peeping Tom) to put off a trip to Lithuania planned as a search for his Jewish roots, he accepted an offer from the BBC to visit Jewish communities around the globe instead. This informed and witty account of his experiences deals with the wide variety of contemporary Jewish life, as well as with how Jacobson's observations affected his own concept of what it means to be a Jew. Riding an emotional roller coaster, he witnessed the hostility between Jews and African Americans in New York City, attended services in a gay synagogue in California and found his basic cynicism about religion reinforced after he spent time with Orthodox Jews in Israel, although his spirits were lifted by a visit to an idealistic, tolerant Israeli kibbutz. His journey concluded with the postponed trip to Lithuania, where the author found virulent anti-Semitism. The book has been adapted for a forthcoming BBC/PBS documentary.

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