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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
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Jun 04, 08

bookshelves: 2008, american
Read in June, 2008

Raymond Chandler by way of Alaskan Jews isn't my typical reading fare, but I'm glad I gave this a shot. Granted, there are 200 exquisite pages of prose in the middle of this 400 pager, but the intro and outro seem to really be lacking in the same rapid fire tumult. Scenes between our protagonist and his ex-wife/current boss, Bina, are where Chabon's characterization really shines. In fact, scenes between any character and his or her significant other are the true standouts in this piece. I'm attributing this to Chabon's own relationship with his famously family-hating wife, Ayelet Waldman. All in all, Chabon pretty convincingly conjures up the Jewish experience in an Alaskan fantasyland that never was/could have been.

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