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The story of three generations of the Ashkenazi family and set in 19th and 20th Eastern Europe, its themes are specific to that time and place, yet also universal. Illuminates the clash between traditional Judaism and the Jewish enlightenment, orthodoxy and progress, capitalism and workers rights, accepting the world as it is and risking your life to change it.
Good narration, with the exception of mangling some of the Yiddish.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What a great book! Looking at reviews this book seems often to be pigeonholed as a book by a Jew and about Jews almost implying that it is for Jews. This is a great travesty. That’s like saying Crime and Punishment is by a Russian and for Russians, or Ulysses is by the Irish and for the Irish. This is a wonderful book about greed, oppression, and men pushed to the limits of life. Some parts are heavy and dark, some tender and loving, and often laced with bits of humor. I don’t think anyone will truly like the Ashkenazi’s, but I for one respect them in the same way as the protagonist of other great works. It will forever be in my group of favorite books.
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What made the experience of listening to The Brothers Ashkenazi the most enjoyable?
The book brings to life the Jewish life in Poland more than a century ago. But beyond this, it is also a cautionary tale about greed and ambition and their consequences.
Any additional comments?
It's a book I can listen to time and again. Both story and performance are top notch.