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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
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Jan 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: jews, fiction, read2008
Read in November, 2008

OK, this didn't knock my socks off in the same way as Kavalier & Clay, but it's still pretty fantastic. I'm one of the many readers completely missing the scifi vibe that somehow won this the Hugo award, but Chabon is nothing if not genre bending and ambitious in his writing. An alternate Jewish state meets hardboiled detective noir meets Chabon's daddy/holocaust issues meets the 1950s yiddish language guide that apparently inspired the story to begin with. Be warned, I wouldn't recommend it to those who are completely unversed and uninterested in all thing Jew. But do give it a try even if you're not a fan of whodunnits, or, ahem, even have a bit of trouble following them. There's so much more going on here in Sitka. I do agree with reviewers like this one who were disappointed by the ending as crushing dose of reality.

PS - Dear editors of the world,

Thank you kindly for taking into account my previous advice about the hazard that is the faux-scholarly footnote. Now, if you would please ban the use of faux old-fashioned-freshly-cut pages. Contrary to popular belief, they do not add "character". They simply make it it endlessly irritating to turn the pages. All 410 of them. Thank you.

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