Two Jews on a Train: Stories from the Old Country and the New

Adam Biro, Author, Catherine Tihanyi, Translator
Adam Biro, Author, Catherine Tihanyi, Translator University of Chicago Press $20 (144p) ISBN 978-0-226-05214-4
Reviewed on: 05/01/2001
Release date: 05/01/2001
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-0-226-05216-8
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""All Eastern European Jewish jokes start this way, or almost."" So says French/Hungarian novelist Adam Biro of Two Jews on a Train (trans. by Catherine Tihanyi) of his collection of 22 anecdotes, many of which were told to him by his father and grandfather. From ""Fish Heads"" (two men trick a Hungarian officer into believing these are the secret to Jewish intelligence) to ""Golf"" (a rabbi goes golfing alone on the Sabbath and makes all holes-in-one God's punishment: no one will believe him), these good-natured shorts are more likely to elicit smiles than laughs.
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