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Mother for Dinner

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Confronting his Can-Am heritage comes to the fore when his mother – known as Mudd – has started to eat nothing but Whopper burgers.

The assimilated children in a Cannibal-American family must eat their mother upon her death as per tradition.It’s a satire on the immigrant and minority experience in the USA – the American dream of ‘melting pot’ assimilation that we see contradicted daily by tribalism and consumerism. The book runs on one long chapter with breaks, flashbacks, and background stories of Seventh in one long rhythm - this allows Auslander to properly set the stage for us, and I thoroughly enjoy every bits of the narration. Now that I've gotten over the SHOCK of what it is -- my feeling is -- I'd see the deeper meaning --if I did read it again.

Very funny satire described aptly by entertainment weekly as “like an unintentional bark of laughter at a funeral. His novel, Hope: A Tragedy, about a man finding a cantankerous Anne Frank living in his attic, is wildly inappropriate.Mother for Dinner talks a chunk of cannibalism, and another good chunk of questioning the banality of identity. Shalom is saying -- LETS NOT FORGET WHAT'S IMPORTANT in life -- lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater -- well -- I get it! Pero no todos los hermanos son unos fervientes caníbales y muchos llevan años detestando a la madre y deseando alejarse de lo que son.

All that is known for certain is that somewhere (no one can remember where), on some particular day (no one can remember which), something terrible happened to their blessed ancestors (no one can remember what), and it is important that they never forget it, whatever it was and whenever it happened, and that they curse the names of those who perpetrated whatever it was that was perpetrated, whoever they were, and whatever they did.

sur un fond d’absurde, l’auteur questionne les croyances et les traditions qui nous constituent en tant qu’Homme. Mother For Dinner is consistently funny, consistently wise and consistently disturbing in ways that probably only Shalom Auslander could arranger. The message, that identity is important but becomes damaging if it is insular and wholly inward- and backward-looking, is very important and he can be very, very funny about it. He also takes well-aimed swipes at some publishing trends exploiting ideas of identity and other targets.

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