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A wisecracking Dave Pelzer,
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Like most books billed as hilariously funny, "Foreskin's Lament" is less amusing than you'd hope. It's actually quite sad. It's Shalom Auslander's memoir of his miserable childhood as an Orthodox Jew, which he recalls with (dare I say it) a slightly suspicious level of anecdotal detail.
It was miserable, we learn, not so much because of the Orthodox Judaism, but primarily because Shalom was abused physically and verbally by his father and rabbi. Though Auslander comes out with some good gags as he ridicules Jewish tradition, and though the book is written in a light-hearted tone reminiscent of Bill Bryson, it is ultimately a grim memoir from the Dave Pelzer school. As such, it makes for awkward reading.