Thursday, December 02, 2010


The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson, Bloomsburg USA, 2010, 307 pp

 My review of this year's Booker Prize winner is available for viewing for the next few days by non-subscribers at BookBrowse. I enjoyed it, as I do most of the Booker winners, but it is probably not for everyone. Well, what book is?

 The review begins:

  "There are three good reasons to read The Finkler Question:
  • To gain insight into the many views and disparate experiences of Jewish people in the 21st century.
  • To experience the almost perfect blend of humor and seriousness in the writing.
  • To enjoy a rich story about the human condition that includes friendship, love, religion, ambition, loss, aging and dying."
 To read the rest go here.

 I think that BookBrowse is one of the higher quality on-line book review sites (and not just because I am a reviewer there.) The reviews cover not so much the blockbuster bestsellers but a wide range of books, some of which are a bit more below the radar.  You can sign up for a free trial subscription by going to the home page, but the subscription rate is very reasonable and also makes a great holiday gift. 

(The Finkler Question is available in paperback on the shelf at Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)

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