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...
Beyond the Book
A Brief Reading List for Background on The Jewish Question
A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, Howard M Sacher, Updated Edition 2007, 1270 pages: Considered the definitive work on modern Israel.
It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street, Emma Williams: 2010 memoir - an invaluable book for anyone wishing to understand the tensions in the region; particularly notable for the author's ability to boil down the situation's complexities into easily understandable and relatable prose.
A Tale of Love and...