This book recounts the adventures of Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders around Israel of our time calling himself "Tobi the German".
In the course of numerous interviews Tuvia extracts information, sentiments, hidden theories and delusional visions motivating the miscellany of peoples forming the present-day Holy Land.
Does Palestinian wife number one hate the Jews more than she hates wife number two?
Who does a young German tourist hate more, her dead Nazi grandpa or the just-born Jewish baby?
Who finances cash-rich NGOs pursuing a Judenrein Israel?
Who sets Palestinian olive groves on fire and why? What do you see from a Piper Cherokee above a Bedu camp?
Who are the flaming feminists who sacrifice their lives for the rights of polygamists?
Whose land is this, anyway? In the course of his seven-months journey Tobi the German discovers Syrian flags growing inside apples, she-asses who used to be men, five-star refugee camps, flying prophets, cash-loving guardians of the poor, masturbating monks in eternal love of Palestinians, human rights activists in eternal hatred of Jews, cash-rich rabbis without congregations, families growing in cemeteries -- among many others.
Catch the Jew!, the most humorous composition on the Middle East to date, is a polyglot spin around a cultural miscegenation in a very small space. However, it is never-daunted author finds that with labneh, strudel, olive oil, apple pie, kebab, rugelach, hummus and schnitzel, a happy tummy can bear us through even the most appalling matters.
Except the conclusion.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 484 pages
- Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
- Publication Date: 01/02/2015
- Category: Humour
- ISBN: 9789652297983
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Review by iadam
I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book contains the author’s observations and conversations with politicians, religious leaders, human rights workers, soldiers, and the ordinary people living in the area during his journey over a period of several months throughout Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. I enjoyed the author’s sense of humor and satire. He writes very honestly about what he sees and hears. According to the author racism and hypocrisy are extreme and rampant on all sides throughout this area. Everyone has a different agenda. I got the feeling that everything was about money. Per the author’s observations some of the news that we receive from this area is inaccurate, and at times the violence is staged. I found this book to be very revealing and a book that everyone should read.
Review by Virasana123
All in all, what an interesting and intriguing read!!!! At first, I really didn't like this book because with all the historical references and foreign jargon, it was a little difficult to digest. But, I decided to keep reading. As I continued, I began to enjoy the writing style of Mr. Tenenbom and to actually care about the subject matter. What impressed me the most is the author's ability to blend into his environment due to his ability to speak Hebrew, German, and Arabic. At times, this was quite funny and entertaining to observe the reactions he received from different populations. I also enjoyed the pictures that he distributed throughout the book to allow one to actually observe some of the incidents and environments he was describing.After reading this book, I have a totally different outlook on Israel. I admit I really didn't know much about Israel at all, except maybe for the few news events I was exposed to. This book really opened my eyes to the complex political issues that are going on there. I knew Israel was unstable, but I didn't realize how much.In general, I think the book could have been a little shorter, but overall, I enjoyed reading Mr. Tenenbom's adventures.
Review by Hopback
I almost feel ashamed to say it but I really didn't like this book. It is a book I felt I ought to find interesting and educational. During the first few chapters I was doing just fine as the style and content were interesting and new ... but then it started to drag. One third of the way through it I felt that I was wasting my time reading more. The writer's style and approach was really grating by then. Maybe I just didn't understand it or couldn't relate to the content.
Review by jurai2
I have this horrible habit of judging books by their cover, which is why I requested this book for the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway. With a snappy cover and a catchy title, I was excited to have won a copy, and I was not disappointed by the actual content. Tuvia Tenenbom is a multi-lingual, talented writer who uses humor as well as honesty to educate readers about the political happenings between Israel and Palestine, among other issues. His writing had me hooked from the beginning, and though at times it felt slow and “heavy,” I enjoyed the book overall. I did not necessarily agree with everything he wrote, but Tenenbom did get me to start thinking about issues that are easy to overlook as an American Gentile.