Original in the way it explores the creative interchange between blacks and Jews and the give-and-take dynamic of artistic partnership. Mansbach's characters are sharply drawn The End of the Jews spans three generations, two countries, a half-dozen subcultures, a dozen characters and a handful of narrative styles and literary techniques Very few writers could have attempted all this without farcical results. Adam Mansbach succeeds, brilliantly.
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Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture while slowly suffocating his poet wife, who harbors secrets of her own.
Nina Hricek, a driven young Czech photographer escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with a group of black musicians only to find herself trapped yet again, this time in a doomed love affair. And finally, Tris Freedman, grandson of Tristan and lover of Nina, a graffiti artist and unanchored revolutionary, cannibalizes his family history to feed his muse.
In the end, their stories converge and the survival of each requires the sacrifice of another. It runs on its own chronometer, somersaulting gracefully through time and space, interweaving the tales of these three protagonists who, separated by generation and geography, are leading parallel lives. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of The End of the Jews. I have a weird relationship with Adam Mansbach's books. I, like most people, first heard of him when Go the Fuck to Sleep took the entire literary world of those under 2 and over 35 by firestorm.
I though it was a weird gimmicky silly book but good for Akashic for putting out a sleeper hit, and then forgot about it. Then last year I stumbled upon a proof of his newest book, Rage Is Back , and was shocked to realize that the same guy had made a novel about graffiti writers in NYC in the '70s. I bu I have a weird relationship with Adam Mansbach's books. I burned right through it, and it was so fucking great. I think I never got around to reviewing it because it was too awesome for me to do something slapdash and I never quite found the time for something meaningful, but good goddamn I loved that book.
So then , when I found this , which I think is is his first book, or at least several years before the fucking sleep book, I was super excited for more Mansbach.
Except nope, because this book was real bad. I mean it wasn't bad bad, like poorly written or full of typos and plot holes or whatever. It was bad in a first-book kind of way, where you could tell he wrote it when he was young and drunk on his own earnestness and lofty literary aspirations. It's full of Big Ideas and Important Themes. It's tortuous, heavy, plodding, almost belligerently overwritten. There's no joy, no light-footedness, no soar, no delight.
Which is so strange, because all the seeds for Rage are here, even down to several of the characters and I think actually a scene or two, in nascent form. Or maybe it's not so strange; maybe every great writer has a first book to purge themselves of, to get out of the way and off their chests before they can get over themselves and write something with some beauty and brilliance that's not hopelessly stifled by its author's self-importance.
Who knows. Also I felt super uncomfortable reading this on the subway. View all 6 comments. Feb 05, Bandit rated it really liked it. Adam Mansbach's recent horror action thrillers betrayed a literary skills and credentials, but this book really brought home just how well the man can write.
And talk about versatility, this one is miles away from Dead Run and Devil's Bag Man in almost every possible way, except for quality. The End of Jews is an exploration of several generations of a New York Jewish, obviously family and their wide circle of friends, lovers and acquaintances.
Its timeline interweaving narrative is sprawling, Adam Mansbach's recent horror action thrillers betrayed a literary skills and credentials, but this book really brought home just how well the man can write.
Its timeline interweaving narrative is sprawling, ambitious and competent, putting one in mind of such generational epics as Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, although not quite as amazing. It covers a huge variety of subjects and being Jewish is only one of them. It deals heavily with cultural and ethnic identity, racial politics, authenticity, talent, love and family At the heart of the story are two Tristans, grandfather and grandson, both authors of various success, and how their chosen vocation has shaped and affected their lives and lives of those near them.
Because this novel is such an onion, some layers are more interesting than others, To me the highlight was the early chapters of Nina's life. Some parts I thought dragged on a tad. Here's the thing, though Very hip. And he lets you know it. It isn't an easy or a light read, but it's intelligent, challenging and good, really good.
I can only imagine how magnetic it would have been with some less frustrating characters. Enjoyable, albeit in a very particular way. Dec 01, Jacob rated it really liked it. Mansbach is audacious, honest. He doesn't mind getting into the uncomfortable, embarrassing bits of ourselves. His prose has a bit of that neo-realist, hyper-pop-culturally aware thing that Lethem can do in his sleep see Fortress of Solitude or You Don't Love Me Yet but lacks some of the shades of subtlety.
No worries, The End of The Jews proves that Mansbach is obviously possessing of a huge intellect and huge writer's balls, both of which should keep us reading him as he grows up. Jul 19, Lynda rated it liked it. After reading other's reviews, I wanted to clarify something for the non-Jewish readers who felt the title is misleading.
Jews are known to be negative. But in a comedic way. Near the beginning of the book, Tris is describing his friend's lavish Bar Mitzvot to his grandfather who responds in typical jewish fashion with hyperbole. One can hear the old man, clearing his throat of phlegm and shaking is head and saying "It's the end of the Jews.
Just because something' After reading other's reviews, I wanted to clarify something for the non-Jewish readers who felt the title is misleading. It's funny when it's not so pathetic. But in terms of this book, it shows that Tristen, who was a hip kid, turned typically curmudgeonly when he got older. After he says this to Tris, we watch this unfoldment play out through the rest of the story.
View 2 comments. Nov 15, Shiri rated it really liked it. Surprisingly good. Stick with it through the first couple engrossing but slightly confusing chapters or maybe just don't read it on the subway and you won't find it confusing and it will be very rewarding.
View 1 comment. Dec 15, Kim rated it really liked it. Adam Mansbach writes sentences I wish I had written. That is all. It's Not the End of the Jews Only perhaps in this book. A family story, falling away from religion, culture and mores. Embracing not of another religion but culture. Is anyone any happier? Dec 15, Jonathan Gruber rated it really liked it.
Amazingly well written slice of life from several generations of a jewish family of writers who intersect in multiple ways with the world of black music, from Jazz to Hip Hop.
Ultimately too thin on plot for my taste but worth it for the writing and characters.
THE END OF THE JEWS
Painfully honest, compassionately cognizant of human frailty and complexity, alive to the magic of creativity yet aware of Mansbach Angry Black White Boy , , etc. The bravura opening set piece catches Tristan Brodsky racing through his East Bronx neighborhood in The moving, chilling final scenes suggest that Tris is the same sort of unapologetically egotistical artist.
The End of the Jews
Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture while slowly suffocating his poet wife, who harbors secrets of her own. Nina Hricek, a driven young Czech photographer escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with a group of black musicians only to find herself trapped yet again, this time in a doomed love affair. And finally, Tris Freedman, grandson of Tristan and lover of Nina, a graffiti artist and unanchored revolutionary, cannibalizes his family history to feed his muse. In the end, their stories converge and the survival of each requires the sacrifice of another. It runs on its own chronometer, somersaulting gracefully through time and space, interweaving the tales of these three protagonists who, separated by generation and geography, are leading parallel lives. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
The title is not what it implies or one may fear. Instead, it totally draws readers into the cocky personality of young Tristan Brodsky, his reactions to Judaism, and his lively and welcome father I thought the title was especially intriguing, but after I have read the book, not sure that it is especially appropriate. The book is more about family relationships and the price one pays for one's
'The End of the Jews' is a funny, heartbreaking tale of family
Tapeworms, fleas, writers: all are essentially parasites, insinuating themselves into the intimate spaces of a host organism and then sucking out any material deemed valuable. So what if they cause distressing gastrointestinal effects, maddening itching or irreparable family feuds? The universe of the parasite is amoral, knowing no good other than its own. At its center are two dueling Tristans, grandfather and grandson, both writers. Once a successful and controversial novelist, by the late s he is approaching old age and watching his creativity dwindle.