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The Pigskin Rabbi
Contributor(s): Manus, Willard (Author)

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ISBN: 1891369075     ISBN-13: 9781891369070
Publisher: Breakaway Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 1999

Annotation: In this ribald comic novel, Ezekiel "Ziggy" Cantor, a young orthodox rabbi, becomes the quarterback of the New York Giants (through a very peculiar sequence of events). A satire of the All-American sports fantasy, this over-the-top, outrageous farce and theological primer features an unforgettable hero.
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BISAC Categories:
- Fiction
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 99072376
Physical Information: 1.17" H x 6.36" W x 9.35" (1.31 lbs) 300 pages
- Cultural Region - Mid-Atlantic
- Ethnic Orientation - Jewish
- Geographic Orientation - New York
Features: Price on Product
Review Citations: Library Journal 05/01/1999 pg. 111
Ingram Advance 06/01/1999 pg. 70
Publishers Weekly 05/31/1999 pg. 66
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Publisher Description:
New in paperback.

In this ribald comic novel, a young rabbi becomes quarterback for the New York Giants and within months all the world (or most of it) seems to be converting to Judaism. Anyone who feels even one shred of affection for the traditions of Judaism, who understands the power of professional sports to mold public opinion-and anyone who loves a good laugh-will be enthralled and delighted by "The Pigskin Rabbi."

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Cantor becomes (by a very strange sequence of events) the superstar quarterback of the New York Giants, drilling passes with godlike accuracy, kicking miraculous field goals, playing out of pure love of the game, and catapulting the team toward invincibility. Ziggy's Judaism, formerly a burden in gentile society, now becomes the apparent source of all good. His teammates-convinced of the luck of the Jewish-start eating kosher food during games, prepared by Ziggy's kindly grandmother. They call plays in Yiddish.

Ziggymania hits town. Fans chant lustily in Yiddish. Gucci-made Giants yarmelkehs are all the rage. New York takes Ziggy to its heart-he is a homegrown hero. Even his grandmother becomes a celebrity. Judaism is hip, it's "in," and is all-empowering.

An over-the-top farce full of unforgettable characters, an irreverent sports novel with a theological underpinning-"The Pigskin Rabbi" will have people of all faiths convulsed with laughter.

"A vastly entertaining fable. . . . Anyone who doesn't fall for Manus's spirit and sly jokes has a hard heart indeed."-"San Francisco Chronicle"

Willard Manus is the author of "Mott the Hoople," among other books. His plays have been produced in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Los Angeles, Washington, and New Orleans. He is a member of the American Theater Critics Association, and writes on blues and jazz for several magazines. He lives in Los Angeles.

"How does a rabbi convert the entire U.S. to Judaism? The answer, of course, is by becoming a football hero. A wild tale . . . Hilarious . . . Manus has a wonderful sense of humor."-"Publishers Weekly"


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