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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
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Feb 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: tob-2011

I had to let this title stew for a few days after finishing it. While I had initially granted only four stars, I've had to round up for how well these characters have stuck with me. Despite what has been a whirlwind of reading (by my standards) I keep thinking of Treslove in my downtime.

Most of the Tournament of Books titles for 2011 seem to have as the central challenge of the story a capital T tragedy. There must be rape, or extreme violence done to an innocent, something to jar and upset a suburban aesthetic. While I've been forced to accept that this means me, I think there comes with that the realization that there's a much greater and more relevant capital T tragedy of loss and disconnectedness and floundering for relevance that most of these novelists seem to be missing.

The Finkler Question is the first book I've encountered this year that addresses this challenge realistically and with some sympathy for its characters.

Tied for tops of the TOB-2011.
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Reading Progress

February 7, 2011 – Started Reading
February 7, 2011 – Shelved
February 10, 2011 –
page 25
8.71%
February 12, 2011 –
page 64
22.3%
February 13, 2011 –
page 90
31.36%
February 14, 2011 –
page 116
40.42%
February 15, 2011 –
page 162
56.45%
February 16, 2011 –
page 180
62.72%
February 17, 2011 –
page 205
71.43%
February 18, 2011 –
page 225
78.4%
February 20, 2011 –
page 290
100%
February 20, 2011 – Shelved as: tob-2011
February 20, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Dan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dan I think for the TOB I'm going to read Freedom, this one and Skippy Dies. I had seen a negative review of this one, but I still wanted to check it out, and you put me over the edge...


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