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The Frozen Rabbi And what happens when Bernie Karp, the impressionable fifteen year old son of the couple in whose home the rabbi lies frozen, inadvertently thaws out the ancient man Such are the questions raised in this wickedly funny and ingenious novel by author Steve Stern, who, according to the Washington Post Book World, belongs in the company of such writers as Stanley Elkin, Cynthia Ozick, Michael Chabon, Mark Helprin, and Philip Roth, all of them innovative and restless practitioners of contemporary American Jewish fantasy When the rabbi comes fully and mischievously to life, Bernie finds himself on an unexpected odyssey to understand his heritage Jewish , his role in life nebbish hero , and his destiny to ensure the rabbi s future And the reader enters the lives of the people who struggled to transport the holy man s block of ice, surviving pogroms, a transatlantic journey in steerage, of course , an ice house fire in Manhattan s Lower East Side, and finally, a train trip to the city on the Mississippi An epic novel in the spirit of Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Steve Stern s The Frozen Rabbi is a wildly entertaining yet deeply thoughtful look at the burdens inherent in handing down traditions from one generation to the next. Read The Frozen Rabbi By Steve Stern – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. Dieser Roman hat eigentlich alle Ingredienzien, die mich zu Begeisterung hinreissen k nnten.Jiddische Geschichte einer Familie quer durch die Jahrhunderte ganz so wie ich es mag, in R ckblenden a bissal polnisches Ghetto, a bissal Shoa, a bissal Auswanderung nach USA, a bissal kabbalistische Mystik versus gottloses kapitalistisches amerikanisches Judentum, a bissal Israel, Terrorismus sorry Freiheitskampf bei Staatengr ndung und Kibbutz ber mehrere Generationen verteilt Jiddische Witze mei Dieser Roman hat eigentlich alle Ingredienzien, die mich zu Begeisterung hinreissen k nnten.Jiddische Geschichte einer Familie quer durch die Jahrhunderte ganz so wie ich es mag, in R ckblenden a bissal polnisches Ghetto, a bissa...

  2. I disliked this book with a passion and I recommend it to no one In a nutshell, teenage boy finds frozen rabbi in family freezer, Rabbi from a time long ago, family knew of Rabbi, boy defrosts the rabbi The book covers, through alternating chapters, the rabbis travels from Out of body experiences that resulted in his freezing near a river almost 200 years ago to his defrost, and the boy s story of coming of age In the present, the boy thinks the Rabbi will be, well, a Rabbi to him, but ins I disliked this book with a passion and I recommend it to no one In a nutshell, teenage boy finds frozen rabbi in family freezer, Rabbi from a time long ago, family knew of Rabbi, boy defrosts the rabbi The book covers, through alternating chapters, the rabbis travels from Out of body experiences that resulted i...

  3. The Frozen Rabbi, or as I found myself calling it several times a day, Der Frozener Rebbe , is a great American Jewish story We might say that the author s subject is the holy and the profane In the course of this novel there is no doubt that every mystical and divine and folklorish reality is, and is not, utterly real, and that every profanity and lustful desire is, and is not, the ultimate truth Steve Stern plays with our minds, making the reader believe, mocking his or her belief, making The Frozen Rabbi, or as I found myself calling it several times a day, Der Frozener Rebbe , is a great American Jewish story We might say that the author s subject is the holy and the profane In the course of this novel there is no doubt that every mystical and divine and folklorish reality is, and is not, utterly real, and that every profanity and lustful desire is, and is not, the ultimate truth Steve Stern plays with our minds, making the reader believe, mocking his or her belief, ma...

  4. The oldest thing I have in my freezer right now is a 48 count pack of fish sticks I bought in 2007 In the intervening 3 years I have purchased and consumed other fish sticks I m not sure why the catch of whatever day it was in 2007 is still in my freezer awaiting an archaeological expedition to make it to the oven Maybe I just like knowing they are there at the ready They have survived numerous minor power outages and 2 outages that lastedthan 3 hours I have to say I m a little proud The olde...

  5. This book maintained my interest sufficiently to make me want to read all of it, BUT I would not reccommend it to anyone else Briefly, the book follows the fate of a rabbi who becomes frozen into a block of ice somewhere in rural Poland sometime in the late 19th century He remains frozen in this block whilst it it is transported across Europe, and then the Atlantic, to the USA There, in the early 21st century, the refrigerator containing the ice encased rabbi breaks down The rabbi steps out This book maintained my interest sufficiently to make me want to read all of it, BUT I would not reccommend it to anyone else Briefly, the book follows the fate of a rabbi who becomes frozen into a block of ice somewhere in rural Poland sometime in the late 19th century He remains frozen in this block whilst it it is transported across Europe, and then the Atlantic, to the USA There, in the early 21st century, the refrigerator containing the ice encased rabbi breaks down The rabbi steps out of the freezer and rapidly adapts to life in the southern USA.Alternate chapters deal with the history of the rabbi s travels betweeen the Polish shetl and the southern States In between these chapters, there are chapters that describe the rabbi s life after he has thawed out in 21st century USA A major problem with this interesting novel is its excessive length The story would have been mucheffective ha...

  6. ZERO STARSIntrigued by the title, repulsed by the story A rabbi is meditating in 1800 s Poland, goes into a trance while at a lake, doesn t wake up, is frozen in the ice, removed by a family, and kept frozen and protected by that family for over 100 years I like multi generational stories, but this is ridiculous The rabbi in his zinc lined casket so he doesn t melt is brought to America, kept in a Kelvinator freezer, and then one day the Rabbi melts and is once again alive The family which ZERO STARSIntrigued by the title, repulsed by the story A rabbi is meditating in 1800 s Poland, goes into a trance while at a lake, doesn t wake up, is frozen in the ice, rem...

  7. Schon die erste Seite stimmt darauf ein, was einen mit diesem Buch erwartet Bernie, 15j hriger Couchpotatoe, findet auf der Suche in der Tiefk hltruhe nach einem St ck Fleisch zur Selbstbefriedigung, einen tiefgefrorenen alten Mann in einem Eisblock Durch einen Stromausfall unabsichtlich zum Leben erweckt, entpuppt sich der knapp 200 Jahre alte Rabbi als ein beraus gesch ftst chtiger Unternehmer, der sich darauf versteht, die Suche der Menschen nach Gl ck mit einigem Geschick in klingende M n Schon die erste Seite stimmt darauf ein, was einen mit diesem Buch erwartet Bernie, 15j hriger Couchpotatoe, findet auf der Suche in der Tiefk hltruhe nach einem St ck Fleisch zur Selbstbefriedigung, einen tiefgefrorenen alten Mann in einem Eisblock Durch einen Stromausfall unabsichtlich zum Leben erweckt, entpuppt sich der knapp 200 Jahre alte Rabbi als ein beraus gesch ftst chtiger Unternehmer, der sich darauf versteht, die Suche der Menschen nach Gl ck mit einigem Geschick in klingende M nze umzuwandeln Doch dies dient nur als Rahmenhandlung f r die eigentliche Geschichte Wie Bernies j dische Vorfahren seit mehr als 100 Jahren sich durch das Leben k mpften und dabei immer den Rabbi im Eisblock dabei hatten Es geht vom Ghetto in einem russischen Rayon nach Lodz, dann weiter nach New York Man erlebt die Entstehungsphase Israels mit und die R ckkehr in die USA, nach Memphis Stern spannt ber diese 100 Jahre einen unglaublich bunten, leben...

  8. I m sort of surprised Steve Stern isn t better known it s clear he s a quite talented writer, the prose is beautiful at times, and at others captures that modern American ennui irony beautifully How can you go wrong with a book that starts with the sentence Sometime during his restless fifteenth year, Bernie Karp discovered in his parents food freezer a white enameled Kelvinator humming in its corner of the basement rumpus room an old man frozen in a block of ice Then it slides immedi I m sort of surprised Steve Stern isn t better known it s clear he s a quite talented writer, the prose is beautiful at times, and at others captures that modern American ennui irony beautifully How can you go wrong with a book that starts with the sentence Sometime during his restless fifteenth year, Bernie Karp discovered in his parents food freezer a white enameled Kelvinator humming in its corner of the basement rumpus room an old man frozen in a block of ice Then it slides immediately into a reference to Portnoy s Complaint The mix of the absurd, the lyrical, and the whimsical make this really enjoyable This was an incredibly fun read, though you probably have to be pretty well versed in Jewish culture and 18th 19th century trends to fully enjoy it I see that a lot of people didn t like the end, but I think that s because it didn t come together in a traditionally Western paradigm I rather liked it, th...

  9. A fantastic read difficult to put down once you get going Stern s bouncing back and forth between the current day and Bernie Carp and his dealings with the unfrozen rabbi, and the historical journey the rabbi took from his original freezing until he arrived in Bernie s freezer, are masterfully handled.Stern is an author that cares both about the individual sentence AND the overall story Absolutely go out and support this author and wonderful publishing house and buy, read and enjoy The Froze A fantastic read difficult to put down once you get going Stern s bouncing back and forth between the current day and Bernie Carp and his dealings with the unfrozen rabbi, and the historical journey the rabbi took from his original freezing until he arrived in Bernie s freezer, are master...

  10. I loved this book..couldn t stop readingup until about the last 40 pages I enjoyed the look at the family through time and would be glad to readabout Shmerl and Jocheved , and even liked the parts set in the present day The ending, I must admit, rather lost...