Born to Kvetch

Born to Kvetch

Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods

Book - 2005
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A humorous history of the Yiddish language from the middle ages to today traces the origins of numerous everyday terms, citing events throughout the past thousand years that contributed to Jewish European communication practices while offering insight into Yiddish relationships with nature, sex, food, and more.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312307417
Branch Call Number: 439.109 W541b 2005
Characteristics: xiii, 303 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 20, 2015

This book is organized, but it could use with a bit more. The author has so much to deliver that at times it comes out in a torrent. That said, there is a lot of information offered in a relatively small space, much presented in a humorous manner. Not only is it a book about words. It also delves into traditions, customs, religious practices, history and faintly skirts the edges of Judaism's contact with Christianity. Most definitely worth reading. It might also be worth taking notes. Many details to remember!

eferry Jan 15, 2015

Wex brings both depth and vitality to his study of Yiddish. Many people don't realize the extent to which the humor often present in the language and culture of Yiddish-speakers shows up in modern culture and media.

A fun read- some sections get very intense, but you'll enjoy the book just as much if you skip a few pages.

May 30, 2010

Born to Kvetch is a well-researched, entertaining, subtly humorous, very well spoken recording about Yiddish and its religious and cultural foundations.


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