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The Golem of Brooklyn: A Novel (utgåvan 2023)

av Adam Mansbach (Författare)

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"In Ashkenazi Jewish folklore, a golem is a humanoid being created out of mud or clay and animated through secret prayers. Its sole purpose is to defend the Jewish people against the immediate threat of violence. It is always a rabbi who makes a golem, and always in a time of crisis. But Len Bronstein is no rabbi--he's a Brooklyn art teacher who steals a large quantity of clay from his school, gets extremely stoned, and manages to bring his creation to life despite knowing little about Judaism and even less about golems. Unable to communicate with his nine-foot-six, four hundred-pound, Yiddish-speaking guest, Len enlists a bodega clerk and ex-Hasid named Miri Apfelbaum to translate. Eventually, The Golem learns English by binging Curb Your Enthusiasm after ingesting a massive amount of LSD and reveals that he is a creature with an ancestral memory; he recalls every previous iteration of himself, making The Golem a repository of Jewish history and trauma. He demands to know what crisis has prompted his re-creation, and whom must he destroy. When Miri shows him a video of white nationalists marching and chanting "Jews will not replace us," the answer becomes clear"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Golem of Brooklyn: A Novel
Författare:Adam Mansbach (Författare)
Info:One World (2023), 272 pages
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I absolutely freaking loved this book!

My general goal is for around 10-15 percent of the books I read to be "Jewish" books, meaning books about Jewish history, religion, culture, or just books written by Jews that feel Jew-ish. I heard about The Golem of Brooklyn on a podcast; the author was super amusing and the way he described the book had me interested. Boy am I glad I ordered it.

TGoB is about a dude named Lenny who steals a bunch of clay from the rich-kid school he teaches at. He gets super stoned and makes a golem in the backyard of the garden apartment he lives in in Brooklyn. The golem comes to life (extremely agitated that he doesn't have a penis), but only speaks Yiddish; a language that Lenny doesn't speak or understand. While Lenny heads down to the local bodega to recruit the only Yiddish speaker he knows, his drug dealer shows up and the golem takes more acid that I've taken in my entire life. And I've taken a lot of acid. He then, while tripping balls, learns English by watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mayhem ensues.

The wonky threesome end up heading to the South to do some damage at a white supremacist rally, ala Charlottesville, in a van they stole from some Hassids. Their time together is hilarious, insightful, and touches on a lot of pertinent issues. Mansbach also takes breaks from the main story every couple chapters to teach us some Jewish history and other random tidbits.

I'm gonna be an Adam Mansbach Stan starting now, so if anyone wants to buy me any of his other books, please do. His humor, wit, and writing style are all top notch, and I'm left with no doubt that he's an anti-fascist ( )
  bookonion | Mar 7, 2024 |
[3.75] Kudos to Mansbach for inventively walking a tricky tightrope that employs dark humor to address issues that include antisemitism and white supremacy. In an interview with Ideastream Public Media, he noted that he uses humor to “get people to the table to talk about things that might otherwise be too thorny, too complicated, too scary or just forbidden by the culture.” (You might recall the author’s bestselling satirical book titled “Go the F*** to Sleep.”) Mansbach’s latest book traces centuries of Jewish folklore at a nearly frenetic pace. In the interview cited earlier, he noted that he aimed to use his short comic novel to “toggle back and forth between the past and present.” This toggling task is only semi-successful. Given the book’s brevity, and the complexity of some golem legends, the folklore history lessons don’t always seamlessly mesh with the offbeat plot. A cautionary note: some readers will undoubtedly be turned off by the book’s tone and crass verbiage. That being said, “The Golem of Brooklyn” is both entertaining and enlightening. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Mar 6, 2024 |
Wow! What a timely topic! This was unexpected but absolutely entertaining. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning (Chapter 1) as to where this book was going, but soon I found myself chuckling and enjoying the crazy journey of Len, Miri, and The Golem and being moved morally at the same time.
There is plenty of satirical humor to be had in The Golem of Brooklyn, along with some violence and lots of f-bombs. If this is not your thing, this is not the book for you. The author has a clear moral lesson to tell, but incorporates irreverence to make it entertaining. He did a bang-up job of pointing out the dangers of allowing hate for the "other" to foment and find fertile ground. I found myself reminded of a favorite musical of mine, "The Book of Mormon". I totally recommend this title for anyone who found humor and meaning in this witty but biting show.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review The Golem of Brooklyn. Adam Mansbach, kudos and bravo!! ( )
  c.archer | Jan 4, 2024 |
Art teacher Len awakens The Golem almost by accident. Soon we're embroiled in a tale of Hassidic political power and corruption, and a race to stop The Golem from massacring Proud Boys. This meditation on the history of antisemitism and the meaning of Whiteness and Othering is extraordinarily well-written and really quite funny. ( )
  yarmando | Dec 27, 2023 |
I just--okay. This was a golem story. It--it's fine. The jokes didn't land for me. I was so interested in Miri, and the art teacher was neat too. It's a great take on it, though: a stoner art teacher. "Rabbi" just means "teacher" in Hebrew, but definitely does have connotations of a religious and spiritual leader. But yes, a Jewish atheist art teacher who steals five hundred pounds of clay can build a golem. How I laughed at the first few pages! This was ridiculous to varying degrees. With Miri, it veered into serious territory often. They're such interesting character foils for one another. I wish the author success with this book. Golem stories aren't as interesting to me as demon ones, so this is a "me" thing. ( )
  iszevthere | Oct 8, 2023 |
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"In Ashkenazi Jewish folklore, a golem is a humanoid being created out of mud or clay and animated through secret prayers. Its sole purpose is to defend the Jewish people against the immediate threat of violence. It is always a rabbi who makes a golem, and always in a time of crisis. But Len Bronstein is no rabbi--he's a Brooklyn art teacher who steals a large quantity of clay from his school, gets extremely stoned, and manages to bring his creation to life despite knowing little about Judaism and even less about golems. Unable to communicate with his nine-foot-six, four hundred-pound, Yiddish-speaking guest, Len enlists a bodega clerk and ex-Hasid named Miri Apfelbaum to translate. Eventually, The Golem learns English by binging Curb Your Enthusiasm after ingesting a massive amount of LSD and reveals that he is a creature with an ancestral memory; he recalls every previous iteration of himself, making The Golem a repository of Jewish history and trauma. He demands to know what crisis has prompted his re-creation, and whom must he destroy. When Miri shows him a video of white nationalists marching and chanting "Jews will not replace us," the answer becomes clear"--

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