The Frumkiss Family Business

The Frumkiss Family Business

A Megilla in 14 Chapters

Book - 2010
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Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307397768
Branch Call Number: FIC Wex 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 361 p


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Harriet_the_Spy Sep 08, 2010

Quite aside from being funny in a way that is satirical and cutting as well as surprisingly gentle, and having the plot and pacing of the best French farce, this book makes a place in literature for Jewish Toronto. He's been compared to Richler, but he's more like Matt Cohen at his most madcap. Everything is sent up: the CBC, people who find religion, writers, academics, Yiddish culture, and the eternal question, "who is a Jew?". Nothing is sacred to Wex, and by the time the novel brings together all these strands in its final, satisfying romp, the reader is pretty likely to agree.

Jul 28, 2010

Maylin at the Dewey Divas said "Any book that bills itself as Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks without the stodgy Germans or The Brothers Karamazov with only one brother, is worth a look." That was a good enough reason for me to put a hold on it.

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