Hatchet Job of the Day
Despite getting a rave review from The Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate, HOPE: A TRAGEDY (see what Auslander did with the title there) did not press Clive Sinclair’s buttons in The Independent:
In Auslander’s first book, Beware of God, God is a serial killer; in his second, Foreskin’s Lament, it’s God’s representatives on earth – the orthodox Jews – who do His dirty work for Him. And now – in his third book (and first novel), it’s the history God has imposed upon His Chosen People that does the damage. Being familiar with all three, I feel that a pattern has emerged – nay, a pathology – which I’ll call Auslander’s Complaint. Think of it as like Portnoy’s Complaint, but with lashings of extra guilt, and nil sexual gratification.
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