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The Finkler Question

By Howard Jacobson

The Finkler Question
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  • Paperback: Oct 2010,
    320 pages.

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Judy Krueger

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The 2010 Booker Prize-winner - funny, furious, unflinching

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 have enjoyed just about every Booker Prize-winning novel I have read but during the build-up to the final announcement of this year's winner I was not betting on a book that was promoted as a humorous look at the many ways of being Jewish. In fact, having read and reviewed here at BookBrowse two of the books on the shortlist, The Long Song and Room, I was sure one of those would win. As it turned out I have been privileged to read a great novel I would otherwise have passed ...


Published in hardcover in the UK in August 2010, and in paperback in the USA in October 2010.

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