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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
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Jul 13, 2007

really liked it
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Read in July, 2007

It took me a good 200 pages, but once I got into the language and the character's of the story, I couldn't put it down. I will say that at the end of the book, Chabon gives www.yiddishdictionaryonline.com a shout out. Unless your a rebbe or a noz when you start this book, fire up the website right away! My lack of yiddish knowledge most definitely hindered my enjoyment of the first 200 pages of Chabon's storytelling.

With that said, who knew a noire set in an alternate universe could work so well? The book's vocabulary is charming and rhythmic. The character's are appealing even though I didn't always know exactly what they were saying. It did stick to Chabon's basic straight guy, straight girl, gay guy formula. But, hey, that won him a Pulitzer. Why mess with what works?
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