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read Little Failure epub Ò Paperback É randarenewables ´ Το 1979 ο επτάχρονος Ίγκορ Στάινγκαρτ και οι εβραϊκής καταγωγής γονείς του εγκατέλειψαν τη Σοβιετική Ένωση για τον καταναλωτικό παράδεισο των ?λίδα Με τον καιρό στη νέα του πατρίδα ο παράξενος Ίγκορ έγινε Γκάρι ώστε να περιορίσει το ξύλο που έτρωγε από τα άλλα παιδιά στο σχολείο Οι αταίριαστοι γονείς του έτρεφαν γι’ αυτόν μεγάλες φιλοδοξίες Τους διέψευσε και τους γέμισε ντροπή Η μητέρα του αναμειγνύοντας τα ρωσικά με τα αγγλικά επινόησε τον όρο Φέιλιουρτσκα δηλαδή Μικρή Aποτυχία για να ονοματίσει τον γιο της μάλλον με αγάπη Ο Γκάρι ήταν πεπεισμένος ότι η ζωή του θα ήταν μια αλυσίδα απογοητεύσεων και ματαιώσεων Τα π While reading the book I started writing the review as the memories of a young immigrant unfolded on the pages I thought it was excellent experienced elouent writing gracing the valuable hours I spent reading it Many hours it turned out to be for I constantly fell asleep due to the fact that I was either tired of working physically hard and very long hours for weeks now or did not have time for a good sitting with the book or the subject matter turned stale I was not sure where the book was taking meOne of my thoughts while hanging in there was How many books do we have to read about the lost generations of the drug induced eras of the Sixties Seventies Eighties Nineties into ad infinitum and it's getting worse What was once cult books for the enlightened and the ambitious social climbers rebellion against an old order petered out to become endless repeats of the same dark morose hell of dopey thinking Like old bread Another thought was I feel like Balaam's Ass writing this review I could treat this memoir as the scribbles of a nerdy narcissistic Jewish friend a needy demanding one or delve deeper into the Jewish comedy phenomenon and totally lose my way among the plethora of labels billowing all over the globeA third sleep induced thought was I was wondering why a youngish person thirty eight years old would want to write a memoir when his parents are still alive and most of his adult life still pirouette on the horizon It is after all a huge embarrassment to the family within their cultural context Then I thought about the title of the book and realized I probably would have done the same if my parents called me Little Failure and I had enough shutzpah as well as elouence to revenge myself on them My reaction to something like that in my own humble scribbles would have been It takes one to know one Not that I think it was the intention in this tale Mmm perhaps it was Beyond the often hilarious witty extraordinary elouence of the tale lies the image of and I am borrowing the words of Ralph Ingesoll ' an elephant being dressed in a hooped skirt and ruffled pants to make her look like a crinoline girl' In one instance as a young boy he wrote a story Lenin and His Magical Goose in which Lenin gets off his granite pedestal gets onto the goose flies over to Finland and bombard the 'hapless Fins' with the thick Soviet cheese Like all satire and comedy the author's masterful mockery of something unbearable is well hidden if the reader is naive enough not to understand this kind of satire For those of us who admire and enjoy it we understand the shudder masked behind the slapstick uick witted jokes with which the sad tale of the American Jewish history is told The intellectual uick wit and laughter conceal the tragicomedy it really becomes The underlying wealth of the tradition of Jewish comedy supports this tale How can we forget people such as Jack Benny the Marx Brothers George Burns Bette Midler Woody Allen Joan Rivers Jerry Seinfeld Billy Crystal Adam Sandler and probably the world's most beloved comedian Robin Williams? Comedians are extraordinary entertainers provide an endless parade of gags an unstoppable flow of jokes and a uniue slant on life and society They provide audiences with a diversion they retell history to lighten up the struggles of participating in the human condition; offer laughter in times of distress The game of wit in this book is played superbly The reader laughs at language at unexpected turns of logic at improbable situations Laughter becomes a weapon to confront life's unfairness There is a slight dollop of screwball zaniness flowing through the text as well with Gary's loving mismatched parents as well as his own love experiences His parents are constantly competing for his attention constantly threaten each other with divorce yet stay glued to the family unit for survival He struggles to maintain his loyalty of all things Russian the lessons his parents taught him while trying to adapt to a new life in America where the cultural blend is staggering He also has to prove himself a sickly asthmatic child with no friends to his family and the outside world This memoir tells the story of Igor Semyonovich Shteyngart the disobedient son and beloved grandson to his parents and grandmother Ploya; Gary Shteyngart to his teachers at the Solomon Schecter School of ueens; Yitzhak Ben Shimon 'or some shit like that' to the Hebrew teachers; Gary Gnu The Third to his fellow pupils with their Macy's regalia at Stuyvesant; and Shteyn dawg to his university friends at Oberlin College Ohio The various personalities are also the various stages in his development with the behavioral patterns associated with it Yet another memo to myself The tone of the prose reminds me of 'Lucky Us' by Amy Bloom I am unsure why Perhaps it is the detailed descriptions the struggle for survival I don't know Perhaps it is the fact that I just enjoyed reading both books The humorous side of Little Failure' also places itself in the company of Giovanni Guareschi's Don Camillo tales An element of Captain Corelli's Mandoline by Louis de Bernières is also present First the blatent in your face wit and then the honest underscore of sadness and challenges waiting for the author and his family However the book is not about the Holocaust neither the Soviet Communist regime's atrocities against its own people This part of the author's history serves only as reference to the rest of their adaptation to American life His parents were part of the 'Grain Jews' whose permission to immigrate was negotiated by Jimmy Carter in the 1970s Gary eventually becomes a successful writer despite the marriage détente of two mismatched people whom he calls his parents and the negative attention he constantly had to endure from them It is evident that love comes in different forms like a few regular slaps against the head the silent treatments that drives him insane and the constant reminders of his failures But not grandmother Polya view spoiler Behind every great Russian child there is a Russian grandmother who act as chef de cuisine bodyguard personal shopper and PR agent You can see her in action in the uiet leafy neighborhood of Rego Park ueens running after her thick limbed grandson with a dish of buckwheat fruit or farmer's cheese hide spoiler

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ράγματα όμως δεν εξελίχθηκαν ακριβώς έτσι Ύστερα από τρία επιτυχημένα μυθιστορήματα ο Γκάρι Στάινγκαρτ στρέφεται στην αυτοβιογραφική πεζογραφία Αναπολώντας και αναπλάθοντας τα περασμένα με αυτοσαρκαστικό χιούμορ και πηγαία συγκίνηση μοιράζεται μαζί μας την αγωνία ενός μετανάστη και ενός συγγραφέα που μεταξύ δύο αντιφατικών κόσμων προσπαθεί να βρει τη δική του θέση Προκλητική και τρυφερή η Μικρή Aποτυχία είναι ένα βιβλίο ξεκαρδιστικού γέλιου αλλά και λυτρωτικών δακρύω? This was my mother's review of this book and I don't think I could've said it any better than her I have never encountered a family which I found unappealing The whole bunch Gary did his best to portray his family as typical Russian Jewish immigrants and then tried to justify their boorish cruel racist stingy ungracious behavior I refuse to believe that all Russian jewish immigrants are like the Shteyngarts Gary is ridiculous as well even as he completes his psychoanalysis A user with a cruel streak Lots of people American born and immigrants alike work very hard and not all of them have much to show for it These people have a paid off home summers in the Catskills private first rate education and vehicles to cart their ungrateful asses to Florida vacations They are welcome to their shared misery

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Little FailureΤο 1979 ο επτάχρονος Ίγκορ Στάινγκαρτ και οι εβραϊκής καταγωγής γονείς του εγκατέλειψαν τη Σοβιετική Ένωση για τον καταναλωτικό παράδεισο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής Το συνεσταλμένο και ασθματικό αγόρι είχε την αίσθηση ότι μεγάλωνε με μια επίμονη λαχτάρα – για φαγητό αποδοχή λέξεις για όλα όσα θα τον συντρόφευαν ως την ενήλικη ζωή του Στα πέντε του έγραψε το πρώτο του μυθιστόρημα O Λένιν και η μαγική του χήνα και η γιαγιά του τον αντάμειψε με μια φέτα τυριού για κάθε σ? Thanks to Random House for sending me an advance copy I've read some preliminary reviews on here dismissive of the writer's young age How could someone this young write their life story? After reading this I have to ask how could one not? This memoir was filled with the kind of freedom bravery and genuineness that reveals itself when we are young and have our whole lives ahead of us There are many accounts in this book that would have never made it into a life story written by an aging writer attempting to preserve a legacy No legacy preserving here This was sheer brutal honesty No matter what kind of image portrayed Shteyngart's motives are clear He doesn't want to be a little failure This is a book about his life thus far but what I found most compelling it's about a life being lived right now a life filled with hope and the promise of novels and stories Since I'm about the same age as the writer it's especially intriguing There's the obvious cultural parallels with my own life the 80's TV shows 90's rap Union Bay t shirts But I was born and bred in Texas and never had cold cabbage soup with sour cream or the unfortunate experiences of being labeled a commie in the years of Reagan I hope there's a follow up to his story in years to come One disappointment is the proposed release date January 7 2014 Shteyngart writes with such urgency and his long journey of immigration and melding into American life leads up to who he is right now today I guess I feel bad that his fans won't be able read this until after the holidays