Is It Good for the Jews?: More Stories from the Old Country and the New

Front Cover, 2010 - Fiction - 250 pages
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With Is It Good for the Jews? Biro offers a sequel to his acclaimed collection of stories Two Jews on a Train. Through twenty-nine tales - some new, some old, but all finely wrought and rich in humor - Biro spins stories of characters coping with the vicissitudes and reverses of daily life, while simultaneously painting a poignant portrait of a world of unassimilated Jewish life that has largely been lost to the years. From rabbis competing to see who is the most humble, to the father who uses suicide threats to pressure his children into visiting, to three men berated by the Almighty himself for playing poker, Biro populates his stories with memorable characters and absurd - yet familiar - situations, all related with a dry wit and spry prose style redolent of the long tradition of Jewish storytelling. A collection simultaneously of foibles and fables, adversity and affection, Is It Good for the Jews? reminds us that if in the beginning was the word, then we can surely be forgiven for expecting a punch line to follow one of these days.

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User Review  - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing

I've never heard of this author before, nor have I ever read Jewish jokes that were quite like these. Adam Biro was born in Hungary, but is now living as an author in Frances. He is founder of the art ... Read full review


In Lieu of an Epigraph
The Officers Ring
In Praise of AntiSemites
Of Humility
Of Wisdom
Of Children 49 7 Of Children 8 Wailing 59 8 Wailing
Of Education 66 9 Of Education 10 Of Numbers 72 10 Of Numbers 11 Thirsty for More 79 11 Thirsty for More 12 Of Privileges 83 12 Of Privilege...
Of Strength of Conviction 96 14 Of Strength of Conviction 15 In English in the Text 105 15 In English in the Text 16 A Witz for All Seasons 108 1...

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About the author (2010)

Adam Biro was born in Budapest in 1941, but came to Paris at the age of fifteen. He founded the publishing house Editions Biro in 1987 and is the author of nine books.

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