Wex, Michael Born to Kvetch (P.S.)

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Born to Kvetch (P.S.)

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Kvetching is to the Jewish soul what breathing is to the Jewish body. For Jews, kvetching is a way of understanding the world. It is rooted, like so much of Jewish culture, in the Bible where the Israelites grumble endlessly. They complain about their problems, and complain as much about the solutions. They kvetch in Egypt and they kvetch in the desert; no matter what God does, it s wrong. In Born to Kvetch Michael Wex looks into the origins of this surplus of disenchantment, and examines how it helped to create the abundance of striking idioms and curses in Yiddish. Michael Wex takes a serious but funny look at the language that has shaped and was shaped by those who spoke it.

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Renders him heir to Lenny Bruce, Leo Rosten and your favourite Yiddish teacher, all rolled into one... It is the embedding of thousands of years of Jewish lore in everyday situations that are inherently timeless... Besides, being a pleasure for anyone, every Yiddish student should really mamesh have to read it. --Jewish Chronicle

Wex… happens to be one of the finest living translators of Yiddish literature… He synthesises all his skills as a linguist, cultural historian and humorist in investigating the origins, uses and idiosyncrasies of modern Yiddish… A rich book from which one derives much pleasure and more than a little knowledge. --Jewish Renaissance

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Michael Wex is a novelist, translator (he has translated the only authorised Yiddish translation of The Threepenny Opera) and stand-up comedian. He was instrumental in the revival of Yiddish, and lectures widely on Yiddish and Jewish culture.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 198 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A delightful excursion through the Yiddish language, the culture it defines and serves, and the fine art of complaintThroughout history, Jews around the world have had plenty of reasons to lament. And for a thousand years, they ve had the perfect language for it. Rich in color, expressiveness, and complexity, Yiddish has proven incredibly useful and durable. Its wonderful phrases and idioms impeccably reflect the mind-set that has enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution . . . and enables them to kvetch about it!Michael Wex#8212professor, scholar, translator, novelist, and performer#8212takes a serious yet unceasingly fun and funny look at this remarkable kvetch-full tongue that has both shaped and has been shaped by those who speak it. Featuring chapters on curse words, food, sex, and even death, he allows his lively wit and scholarship to roam freely from Sholem Aleichem to Chaucer to Elvis.Perhaps only a khokhem be-layle (a fool, literally a sage at night, when there s no one around to see) would care to pass up this endearing and enriching treasure trove of linguistics, sociology, history, and folklore#8212an intriguing appreciation of a unique and enduring language and an equally fascinating culture. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061132179

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