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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
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Apr 28, 12

Read from April 19 to 27, 2012

I was so disappointed - until two thirds of the way through this book I was enjoying the premise and the various discussions the characters have about the nature of Jewishness, and what it is to be Jewish in the 21st century. But then, like others who have reviewed this Booker Prize-winning novel I began to feel it was losing its way. Was this Howard Jacobson's way of working out his own views on Israel, anti-Semitism and the weight of Jewish history? If so he came to no conclusion and although that is fine in itself, it isn't, in my view, if you want to take your reader with you to the end of what you must have hoped they would find a satisfying read.

It would be hard to spoil the ending. It isn't that sort of book. It left me thinking I admit; but thinking what? Now there's a proper question.

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