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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
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Sep 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: to-reread
Recommended for: jews, fans of noir
Read in September, 2008

an excellent piece of work, if, perhaps, after getting up to speed, it rushes to its conclusion. chabon has a real talent with words, and an almost uncanny grasp of genre.

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message 1: by Monica (new)

Monica Do you have to know lots of Yiddish to understand the book?

matthew not really, but there are some little jokes, and such, that might be missed without a working knowledge of judaism. for example, the term he uses for "gun" is the yiddish "sholem" (from the hebrew "shalom") - "peace"... for "piece" (see what 'e did there?). he, himself, used dictionaries extensively. everything's understandable in context.

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