Below is my unbiased review of Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs.
Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs is the first book I've read by Adam Ehrlich Sachs. What initially attracted me to Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems was the 117 vignettes about the relationships between fathers and sons... Each of the 117 vignettes makes for quick reading when one doesn't have a lot of time to spending reading as each vignette is an individual story based on a relationship between a father and son... So, Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs made for quick reading.
Some of the stories/vignettes about fathers and sons were entertaining and great reads... I even learned the meanings of quite a few new words during reading this book, which is always a good thing. But for the most part, I felt like many of the same themes regarding the relationships between father and son were rehashed in just a slightly different way in Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs. Some of the vignettes were even downright depressing or even creepy to me.
The following is a summary for Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs from Goodreads:
Adam Ehrlich Sachs’s Inherited Disorders is a rueful, absurd, and endlessly entertaining look at a most serious subject—the eternally vexed relations between fathers and sons. In a hundred and seventeen shrewd, surreal vignettes, Sachs lays bare the petty rivalries, thwarted affection, and mutual bafflement that have characterized the filial bond since the days of Davidic kings. A philosopher’s son kills his father and explains his aphorisms to death. A father bequeaths to his son his jacket, deodorant, and political beliefs. England’s most famous medium becomes possessed by the spirit of his skeptical father—who questions, in front of the nation, his son’s choice of career. A Czech pianist amputates his fingers one by one to thwart his father, who will not stop composing concertos for him. A nineteenth-century Italian nobleman wills his ill-conceived flying contraption—incapable of actual flight—to his newborn son. In West Hollywood, an aspiring screenwriter must contend with the judgmental visage of his father, a respected public intellectual whose frozen head, clearly disappointed in him, he keeps in his freezer. Keenly inventive, but painfully familiar, these surprisingly tender stories signal the arrival of a brilliant new comic voice—and fresh hope for fathers and sons the world over.I am not going out of my way to recommend this book. I thought it was simply ok. I am giving Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars. I plan to either sell my hardback edition of this book or pass it to another reader via Bookcrossing.
Until my next post, happy reading!!