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The Finkler Question
 
 
Author
Howard Jacobson.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781608196425
Pages/Publication Date 320/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31893
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(Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize) After a string of successful and well-loved novels (perhaps not as well known in the States as in his native England), Howard Jacobson has finally received his due with this hilarious yet probing take on the questions of friendship, identity, and Jewishness. Hapless Julian Treslove has spent a lifetime studying and absorbing the Jewish natures of his friends Sam Finkler and Libor Sevcik—now both widowed—while also wishing for a great, lost love of his own. After a night of drinking and philosophizing with them, Julian is mugged, and in the aftermath decides it is high time to convert. "You expect a book by Howard Jacobson to be very clever and very funny and it is both those things," said Man Booker Prize Committee chair Andrew Motion of the 2010 prizewinner. "But it is also, in a very interesting way, a very sad, melancholic book. It is comic, it is laughter, but it is laughter in the dark."

"This charming novel follows many paths of enquiry, not least the present state of Jewish identity in Britain and how it integrates with the Gentile population. Equally important is its exploration of how men share friendship. All of which is played out with Jacobson's exceptionally funny riffs and happy-sad refrains.... Jacobson's prose is a seamless roll of blissfully melancholic interludes. Almost every page has a quotable, memorable line."—Independent on Sunday (UK)

 
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