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Round and round a neurosis,
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This review is from: Foreskin's Lament (Paperback)
First off - the book is very well written. Very smooth running and well constructed. I was looking for a humourous book to lighten the load of the other books I am in the middle of. I thought I would be laughing out loud as they say as one would with 'Beautiful People' for example. This is no 'Beautiful People'. His obsessive self concerns and his suffocating neurosis never stops. I know he tries to take the comedic aspect of his upbringing in an orthodox Jewish community but it seems to have twisted him so much that he can no longer funcion normally and every single action takes on monumental cosmic significance. If you're not born into this world it can see perhaps written for comic effect but in his case I don't think it was. It seems all too real and for a lot of his community too. Catholics have no monopoly on guilt it seems. In the end I felt sorry for him and I had no intention of having any feelings for the author. I only wanted to read a comic novel. If you want a laugh at the absurdities of family life read Beautiful People - but not this book. If you want an insight into brainwashing in religious communities and its effects in adult life read this book. I couldn't see where the laugh out loud comes from in some of the reviews. There is nothing to laugh at.