Tand why Friedman s popularity has not held up over these forty or fifty years He was certainly popular in his day The hardcover copy
of A Mother s Kisses that I read was in its sixth printing Perhaps he is just a bit too glib A Mother s Kisses that I read was in its sixth printing perhaps he was in its sixth printing Perhaps he just a bit too glib has always had a hard I hate the old cliched saying I laughed until I cried but in my case a hard I hate the old cliched saying I laughed until I cried but in my case this book it happens to be the truth Snickers that turn to guffaws and then belly laughs inevitably lead to fat tears trickling down the sides of my faceBack in the day when I had leisure time and was adventurous in my reading and would pick up any old thing if it looked halfway ntertaining I grabbed this book and started reading To this day I am so glad I didMeg is an overbearing mother yes but she s the kind of mom who believes in her offspring and his abilities so than her offspring himself Girls don t dig you What s wrong with THEM Can t get into college Let me put on my girdle and go give the dean a piece of my mind She s the kind of mom who would outwardly The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece embarrass us but inwardly the kind of mom we d love to have on our side I truly love this book and wish it were widely read Too over the topThe premise sounded so good Joseph does not get intoither of the two colleges to which he applied In steps his mother Meg who will move heaven and American Nietzsche earth to get her boy into a college Hilaritynsues as we see the relationship between a Jewish teen and his mom I made it over a third of the way through this book and had to stop Life is too shortThis was originally written in 1964 and applying to college is much different now But that is not the problem I kept making comparisons to Portnoy s Complaint and this novel does not come close I found the book amusing but not funny I felt like I was reading a farce And that is the problem Meg is so over the top The rest of the characters are minor players in comparison As I read I was thinking that this would make a good movie or play I would njoy it in that format Obviously other reviewers disagree and Mr Friedman went on to have a long successful career with books and films To uote that sage Randy Jackson for me for you Dawg it wasn t that good on the back of this ancient trade pb copy there s a uote from the cleveland plain dealer that says it s so good it ll make you want to chew your hat which if i owned one i d for sure be gnawing away funny af with strong t pynch resonances and surprisingly gaddis ca Itable mother Meg who is resolved in the summer after her son's high school graduation to start arranging hi. .
A very funny book Meg is bigger than life AND ONE OF THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS FOUND IN one of the most unforgettable characters found in Joseph spends the time in the summer before college trying to be independent from mother What good does it do She follows him to college All in all a book to laugh at yet tragic when one settles down Poor Joseph is just as dependent on his mother
"as she is "she is him This book should have been a short story Has funny parts but after a while the mother becomes annoying and her relationship with her son gets creepy I read this after Stern The back cover of this book sings the praises of Stern but nolittle critical mention of A Mother s Kisses I should have taken the hint Sometimes funny but characters are annoying At first it seemed like it was going to be an interesting coming of age tale but it s just a story about a guy s complicated relationship with his overbearing outrageous motherWhich makes sense considering the title but the character s were a little too much i think I am in the minority but I did not find that this book lived up to the hype in the review that I had read and the fact that it was written I m 1964 was not the reason 17 year old Joseph didn t get into the two college he applied to so his over bearing mother takes over Described by one reviewer as having a used car salesman personality I assume in the most negative sense her antics were only mildly funny She not only dominates his life but the ntire book And Joseph is a total wimp who does not develop any sympathy from this reader Basically I didn t like any of the characters Very disappointed Friedman s sopho Berlioz and His Century effert is not really half as good as his first Stern and at times just screams with a sort of hystericalnergy that 40 years after the 60s rings well hysterical but it s still a good strong read The Big Jewish Mama is way over the top better suited to late night comedy than to fiction drawn sparingly and with few true insights The weak Jewish boy hero makes you want to kick him most of the time but is still sympathetic in that his Aristotles Rhetoric ego unlike forxample Philip Roth s seems contained and believable You sort of have the feeling that under all this there s an actual good guy if nothing Blood Runs Green else A funny sometimes outrageously funny study of motherly megalomania And published five years before Portnoy s Complaint I wonder if that angered or inspired or affected Philip Roth in any way I can t unders. A Mother's Kisses is the story of Joseph a tall scattered looking boy of seventeen and his wonderfully indom. R in how it s an introvert s hell where joseph s never left aloneach interruption is ridiculous than the last oddly given the title what i read in reviews the mother was the lement i got the least "Of A Kick Out Of But Heck " a kick out of but heck many novels are worthy of hat chewing I m going to go upstairs and start getting into my girdle Meg a motherIt s a little known fact that during the late 1950 s a good foundation garment was the secret to a woman s power And Meg mother of Friedman s hero Joseph is certainly a powerful woman She is a forceful some might say overbearing wheeler dealer with a used car salesman personality who GETS THINGS DONE and MAKES THINGS HAPPEN Her techniue involves flattery stroking and occasional threats but it works She gets what she wants Properly ncased
"in a tightly "a tightly lasticized undergarment she can a tightly clutching lasticized undergarment she can anything Joseph without meaning to has fallen victim to her power and has trouble standing without her support He s sort of floundering through life waiting for things to begin Being a teenage boy he s also somewhat sex obsessed Even when he s ill and his mother s friend drops by with soup carnal thoughts are never far from his mindThe Irishwoman sat on his bed now offering Joseph a clear view of a large nervous section of her pants He wondered whether he could trade the soup for a silent twelve minute Desire and Truth exploration of her body beneath the covers There was no way of asking her this of course but what if he wrote her a brilliant letter setting forth withxuisite logic all the reasons it was harmless and would mean so much to him than a bowl of chicken gumboWhat s a mother to do Seeing him down in the dumps because hasn t gotten into college yet Meg ships him off to work as a waiter at summer camp But there ll be no Hello Muddah Hello Faddah moments for Joseph cause Mom s in a cabin just across the lake And now it looks as though she might be accompanying him to school in the fallThe horror The horrorThe loving and freuently fraught relationship between a boy and his mother has been rich literary fodder since well since forever Friedman mines it for laughs and does it well managing to create two distinct and memorable characters who are poison for ach other yet can t seem to untie the apron strings that keep them both from living full and healthy lives You go right ahead and don t worry about your mother She ll be right here when you need her. S life for him ven going so far as to accompany him to college A work of roaring comedy and motional hones.