“A Short History of a Tall Jew” by Dennis Danziger is a not-so-short fictional book following a man searching for his second wife. A very funny book with a heart.
My rating for A Short History of a Tall Jew — 5
“A Short History of a Tall Jew” by Dennis Danziger (website) is a hilarious and charming book. The book is a well written fictional account of a year in the life of Philip Lachman who simply craves for a normal life.
Seems like a normal life is a tall order in ostentatious, selfish Los-Angeles.
And as I drove on, I began to wonder. Was it me or was it Los Angeles? Was the town just brimming with sexy oddballs or was I a magnet for women who were intentionally not taking their meds?
The barrage of insane women Philip encounters will dissuade anyone from wanting to find a spouse. The author keeps the reader busy with plots and subplots, main characters which are interesting and secondary ones which still make you feel for them.
The book doesn’t concentrate only on Philip’s search for a spouse, but we also get a glimmer into his classroom, work and family life. While the story is often very funny, it is sometimes sad and tragic as well. The book make many excellent observations about how people treat one another in a supposedly civilized society, the challenges of raising kids, what’s really important, what makes us happy and more. For a while I forgot I was reading a fictional book.
While the story is about a Jew, I believe anyone of any religion would enjoy this book. The narrative is seamless and the story gets carried along evoking many feelings along the way. Philip maintains that he is not a practicing Jew, but finishes (almost) every chapter with a nice, simple prayer.
I visited LA once and it was all right (I like New York City better), but the more I read, hear or see shows about LA the less I want to visit. Do people really act that way? Treat each other like dirt? And that’s OK with everybody?
So tell me, do you crave a normal life or do you look for adventures?
Philip Lachman, the titled Jew, gets beat down by life. He is a public high school English teacher who barley makes a living, is a doormat for his supervisors, his ex-wife, her lawyer, his lawyer and his kids which had had enough with being players in their parents’ massy divorce.
Philip decides to finds a wife who is not an actress and would put up with his teenage daughter, a communist son and a bitch of an ex. But does a poor, divorced public school teacher even has a shot in glitzy, materialistic LA?
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free
- Quotes from Edwin Black's "IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation" (niklasblog.com)
- Hitler Jewish annihilation letter on display in LA (AP) (crawlnet.wordpress.com)
- British preacher Stuart Olyott claims Jews are not Jews! (roshpinaproject.com)
- Exclusive Interview with Scott Sherman author of "Bad for the Jews". (colbertnewshub.com)
- Why did Hitler start the mass killings of Jews (wiki.answers.com)
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