The comedy and drama are well interwoven, creating such interesting contrasts and complements that the novel is hard to put down. This is a wonderful, well-told tale of life as we live it. I know of many people these days in such circumstances, and if those we know were able to handle the circumstances and situations with such aplomb and ease there would be much less depression in the world.
If you love the drama of a somewhat over-the-top life, and enjoy the creativity of witty interludes, you will enjoy the sometimes serious and most times humorous tale told in this story.
I would recommend A Short History of a Tall Jew for a book club or reading group. It is full of life and interesting choices, and in the end it all comes together for the real heroes of the book. The story takes on the challenges and shadows created in our world today, bringing them to the fore and spreading them before us in a smorgasbord of decisions, impacting our own future and those around us. The humor is spot on and the flow is impressive.