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."
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.)