ENGELHARD: Salinger and the art of despair

The theme of despair runs throughout literary and even biblical history. So J.D. Salinger, who excelled in writing about the melancholy of human existence, mainly so in The Catcher in the Rye, was not the first to approach the topic of futility.

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“The Prince of Dice” Has Arrived on Kindle (Jack Engelhard)

Now on Kindle, Jack Engelhard’s “The Prince of Dice,” featuring Julian Rothschild, the world’s greatest sharpshooter, a gambler blessed by supernatural gifts and such uncanny skills that it is said that he scoots those ivories for God. WHO IS JULIAN ROTHSCHILD Here

Reviews here by two of America’s leading writers, Linda Shelnutt and John W. Cassell:

Review of PoD posted Friday, April 13, 2012; 5:25 pm MDT

Review by Linda Shelnutt

of PRINCE OF DICE

by Jack Engelhard

Lamed Vov: Thirty-six Just Men: One Masterpiece of Literature.

In this novel Engelhard seriously and humbly reached to God Himself. It felt to me that this book touched God and He responded. Maybe all readers won’t comprehend that success, but I feel certain each reader will feel it.

The feelings I had while reading this book were precisely what I seek. I looked forward to the next time I could read another segment. I wanted to have more time more often to continue reading and resented anything causing me to retire too late to have an hour or more for reading.  Yet I wanted to slow the reading because I wanted to have more of it left every time a lull allowed reading.

The writing style in this novel was subtly different from Engelhard’s other books which are so artfully composed, a fellow author can’t help but pause to admire the sheen of the syntax. In this book, the characters and story take over so completely there is no perceivable writing style. There is just the story and the characters.

Maybe that’s a feat beyond style, though I relish style, too.

Whatever way Engelhard puts together his novels, they work. They are enthralling enlightening reads exuding literary class with the cleanest writing style, or with the story taking all.

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Emma Thompson Headlines “Boycott Israel”

When it comes to Israel, everybody’s a critic

By Jack Engelhard

Dear World, another boycott? This is so 1930s!

Quick question before we move ahead — suppose a Jewish “West Bank” scientist discovers the cure for cancer, will this too be boycotted?

Now to the headline: English actress Emma Thompson (the new and improved Vanessa Redgrave) has joined a growing list of theatrical luminaries in demanding that Israel’s national theater company, Habima (based in Tel Aviv), be disinvited from performing at next month’s drama festival at London’s Globe Theater.  In effect, a boycott and the Nuremberg Laws all over again.

Was there ever a boycott against England for its Irish Troubles?

From the moment Shakespeare gave us Shylock, European anti-Semitism has been enjoying a continuous revival without end.

Dear World, another quick question – suppose you prepare yet another Holocaust for us but this time we won’t come?

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Top Israeli Editor Reviews “Escape From Mount Moriah”

By Nissan Ratzlav Katz In Escape from Mount Moriah, Jack Engelhard achieves the impossible. In a single story, a single page, a single paragraph, even a single sentence, he combines a deep, abiding love with the unvarnished, penetrating gaze of a child, gritty realism with sublime philosophy, brevity with depth, the quintessentially Jewish with the essentially…

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Saudi Prince Haunts Murdoch

By Jack Engelhard

Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal…this is the man who donated $27 million to Palestinian terrorists during a Saudi “telethon.”

This is the man who offered Mayor Rudy $10 million upon the proposition that we, the United States, admit that we ourselves were responsible for 9/11.

Rudy said, “No thanks.”

Rupert Murdoch, however, said thanks when Alwaleed offered to buy a share of Murdoch’s empire, and thus Alwaleed became the company’s second largest shareholder at 10 percent. Or perhaps it was son James Murdoch who invited in the Prince. Rupert is known as a friend of Israel.

Not so James, who at this moment sits on the hot seat before an investigative committee at Parliament on the matter of widespread phone/email-hacking – COINCIDENTALLY on 9/11 survivors — which threatens to bring down the entire Murdoch empire. James Murdoch once referred to those “F…Israelis” in a meeting with former prime minister  Tony Blair – as revealed by Blair’s top aide Alastair Campbell.

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Salinger’s Protest from Dachau

By Jack Engelhard

We don’t have to wonder what J.D Salinger would have thought of the world today even as Israel fights back mobs from Syria and prepares for more bloodlust from its enemies domestic and abroad. Salinger told it plainly and powerfully in his novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” published in 1951, and following that, in his 60 years of retreat into silence. He would have called his vow of silence, “The fire between the words.”

“The Catcher in the Rye,” one of the most admired novels of the century past and present, is a work of loathing and lamentation despite its teenage lingo.

Holden Caulfield seeks truth and purity but finds mendacity and corruption. Justice, justice, he pursues. Do I suggest that Salinger was Biblical? Well, he certainly was Jewish. He was born to a Jewish father and not till later, after his Bar Mitzvah, did he find out that his mother was Catholic, passing for Jewish. (Please, save the technicalities for later.)

In his humility he never prided his Jewishness, nor did he ever shame it, like Philip Roth.

Along the way to his fame as one of our greatest writers, something happened to Salinger that demands our attention at this very moment as we brace for Israel’s summer of discontent, which has already started at all sides from a world that, once again, won’t calm down until it gets what it wants…

Salinger is our witness to what happened before and to what can happen again.

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Tom Friedman’s Kristallnacht

 

By Jack Engelhard

Jack Engelhard wrote the international bestselling novel “Indecent Proposal” that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned in a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His award-winning book of memoirs, “Escape From Mount Moriah,” in the form of Nikila Cole’s filming of the book’s short story “My Father, Joe,” is an official selection in the CANNES Film Festival 2011. 

Never thought I’d see the day when the world’s most influential newspaper would take it upon itself to incite a pogrom — but here it is in the pages of The New York Times, May 24/25, as Tom Friedman in his column “Lessons From Tahrir Square,” finds inspiration from Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer.

Streicher, in his newspaper of the 1930s, knew how to inflame and so does Friedman who has broken his pledge as a newsman to assume the role of an instigator.

Here’s a man (and a newspaper) that has the power to ignite stampedes in the service of annihilating a particular country, namely Israel – and this match has now been lit.  

Who knows what chaos may come from the long arm of this deceitful, irresponsible and reckless type of journalism.

Kristallnacht – Night of Broken Glass, November 9/10, 1938 – came as a result of combustible speeches and newspaper articles…exactly like Friedman’s. Hitler’s SA Stormtroopers rioted through the streets of Germany and Austria destroying all that was Jewish. German and Austrian citizen-mobs, drunk on hate fueled by propaganda, joined the fun of plunder and murder. They too had a cause, they too had grievances, which they have passed on to their next of kin.

Friedman, who in this world holds three Pulitzers along with Yasser Arafat’s Nobel for Peace, invokes Lara Logan’s Tahrir Square in goading thousands of Arab Palestinians to “peacefully” and “non-violently” march on Jerusalem to demand their rights toward a two-state “solution” – and whatever else is troubling them.

As if this slippery Friedman doesn’t know the odds against “peaceful” and “non-violent” when a mob gets assembled.

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