I may not be an older Jewish male, so I don't have an in to a lot of the jokes and discussion in The Finkler Question, but that didn't stop me at all from loving this book.
A book with a big heart, big questions of identity and culture, and good-natured/self-depricating humor for all to enjoy.
listed an audiobook and laughed out loud throughout.
We are told early in the book that the 'Finkler question' is a euphemism for 'Jewish question', and I should have paid attention. I found reading this to be a slog. Very little happens but we do get a lot of ruminating about what it means to be Jewish, to not be Jewish, to wish to be Jewish. I now know that it means pretty much the same as being Catholic, not being Catholic, wishing to be Catholic. Our lives revolve around choices and this book in the broad sense, for me, was about choices - what they are, why we make them, what are the consequences of them. Don't read this if you are looking for a story, but try it if you like a self examination.
I really enjoyed "The Finkler Question." I thought it was brilliant. I was happy to get perspective on Jewishness in London. I'm not surprised the humor is missed or found unfunny because it can be subtle but there's a line of absurdity that runs through it that is hilarious like life. It's a more thoughtful(?) form of humor or humour but "Pineapple Express" or "I Hope They Sell Beer in Hell" it's not.
I find that in this day and age the general level of literacy is such that many books which I find brilliant, humorous and insightful are found to be "pedantic", "a slog", "literary dribble(sic)", etc...by others.
Oh my I am surprised to read these negative comments about The Finkler Question :o. I think Howard Jacobson is nothing short of a poetic and comedic genius! I laughed and was inspired by his magnificent use of language on every page.
It is difficult to know how this book won the 2010 Booker. It is touted as being humourous. It is not.
Wow. Howard Jacobson won the £50,000 (US$78,989) Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Finkler Question....seriously?!!! Seriously? Wow. The Finkler Question was pedantic, monotone, depressing drivel on being Jewish....enough already! What a waste of ink, money and my time. One sorry, boring excuse for a book. Very, very disappointing.
zzzzz....zzzzzz..umm..what? oh just more conversation about being Jewish? Yeah Howard, you wrote that 30 pages ago and again 40 pages ago...literary dribble...a great sleep aid though.
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