The Finkler Question
"He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one…"
Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and v
Funny and refreshing. Most of the half of those books that I've read were downright depressing including the last winner, Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending. So, this book by Jacobson that won in 2...more
I dunno how exactly, but I did not lose myself in admiration of Jacobson while reading The Finkler Question.
Two friends of Julian Treslov...more
Look at the back of the book. Everyone (other writers, newspapers etc) say how wonderful this book is. How he is the funniest writer alive. Blah Blah Blah.
Maybe I am not the demographic for a Jewish crisis of existence book but it did not make me laugh once, nothing really happended and it was as dull as dish water.
Repition of themes, events, sayings, jokes, characteristics cannot be expected to carry a novel over 370 pages. And I imagine that the J E and W keys...more
This tiresome obsession was sparked by an incident in which he was mugged by someone who, he believed, mistook him for a Jew. From then on Julian's thoughts are dominated by ways of being Jewish. H...more
Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question has a central question that falls perfectly in the Booker court: what is Jewishness? And what does it mean to be Jewish in England today? It's a question that...more
As for the plot, it's about three lifelong friends who each go through a type of Jewish identity crisis. The absurd part is that one of the three is not Jewish.
Pretty typical topics involving anti-semitism, views toward Is...more
Stepping aside from the central Jewish question for a moment, I think what bugs me is the feeling that this is...more
It starts off promisingly...more
Per my long-standing tradition I picked up “The Finkler Question” while doggedly avoiding any back-cover reading that might have hinted at what I was about to read. So the first and obvious interrogative i...more
Howard Jacbson’s eleventh novel is a major prize winner because of the quality of the writing. But does it provide a satisfactory experience for the reader?
The Finkler Question is Howard Jacobson’s eleventh novel. Its principle protagonist is called Treslove. He has been friends, since they met at school, with a man called Finkler. Finkler is a Jew. In Treslove’s mind all Jews are referred to as “Finklers”. So, for “The Finkler Question...more
As a non-practising Jew who nonetheless grew up in a reasonably orthodox family, I relate, perhaps, more closely to Jacobson's novel than other reviewers. The almost anti-semitic Jew Sam Finkler is actually a sad but but accurate stereotype whilst the rather pathetic Treslove acting as a wannabee Jew is also a...more
I enjoyed 'The Finkler Question'. To the extent that it explores Jewish identity and politics, it's an interesting read, but at its core is the friendship between two men: Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler.
I found the book strangely soothing to read, which is odd as it's quite an...more
Am fost impresionat, în primul rând, de claritatea cu care autorul prezintă acțiunea și întâmplările. Descrierile sunt plasate strategic, fără să te facă să te plictisești. Spre deosebire de alte opere, în aceasta personajele au personalitate. Dacă unuia îi place ceva, iar altuia nu, acesta nu se teme să-și dezvăluie puntul de vedere. Iar de aici pornesc tot felul de discuții și contr...more
At first I was unsettled by Treslove's apparent anti-Semitism and stereotyping, especially of his friends; he refers to all Jews as Finklers and obse...more
The story is primarily about the relationship between three men, Treslove, Libor...more
So, a lot of people don't like the Finkler Question. I was steeled to not like it but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, it still falls fairly low on my list, but it was much better than I expected.
Но кой е Финклер? Финклер е преподавател по философия в Оксфорд. Също така автор на философски книги за самопомощ, които го правят богат като Крез - Екзистенциализъм в кухнята и Малък домакински наръчник на стика. Водещ на предавания за това „как Шопенхауер мо...more
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|Interview with Harold Jacobson at Toronto Public Library||1||24||07 apr. 08:00|
|Howard Jacobson answering questions on Classic FM's Facebook Page this Sunday||1||12||25 nov. 08:47|