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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges Book Review Summary

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This is a collection of short stories, as intense and well-written as anything I've read. Englander is a master. Most of the stories deal with Orthodoxy and the lives of the Orthodox, but it isn't necessary to be keyed into Jewish culture to understand them. Among the best stories in this volume: one about the last days of Jewish writers ordered executed by Stalin, one about a 50ish WASP discovering he's Jewish, and one dealing with the familiar problem of divorce for the Orthodox.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Inside culture (main char)    -   religious Jew Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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