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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
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Oct 03, 10

bookshelves: 2010-man-booker, contemporary, literary
Read from September 27 to 30, 2010

Of the three Man Booker short-listed books I have read so far, this stands out as the most 'Man Bookerish' of the three.

It is a novel that appeals to the intellect of the reader and yet is not afraid to explore emotional and spiritual themes. It deals with issues of friendship, ageing, bereavement, life, death, love, loss, cultural and religious identity, anti-Semitism and much, much more.

It is also full of humour and warmth along with sections that brought tears to my eyes. It isn't necessarily an easy read but a very worthwhile one. One of those novels that is easy to hail as a modern masterpiece.

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