Snippets. Mix together equal parts of crime, violence, Jewish identity, the past and the present, and you get the components of Zachary Lazar’s novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant. Lazar presents one snippet from the past, moves to another from the present, and alternates forward and back, to and fro, until he brings all the elements to completion at the end of the novel. I used up a lot of patience trying to get into the novel, and never felt comfortable with the erratic narrative. This is one of those books that made me feel better when I finished it than I felt while reading.
Rating: Three-star (It’s ok)
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