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The Finkler Question

Jacobson, Howard (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Julian Treslove, a radio producer, and Samuel Finkler, a Jewish philosopher, have been friends since childhood and, as they enter middle age, they reminisce over their struggles with self-identity, anti-Semitism, women, love, and the past.

McMillan Palgrave

Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer, and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never lost touch with each other, or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik.

Dining together one night at Sevcik's apartment—the two Jewish widowers and the unmarried Gentile, Treslove—the men share a sweetly painful evening, reminiscing on a time before they had loved and lost, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. But as Treslove makes his way home, he is attacked and mugged outside a violin dealer's window. Treslove is convinced the crime was a misdirected act of anti-Semitism, and in its aftermath, his whole sense of self will ineluctably change.

The Finkler Question is a funny, furious, unflinching novel of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and the wisdom and humanity of maturity.



Authors: Jacobson, Howard
Statement of Responsibility: Howard Jacobson
Title: The Finkler question
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 22 cm.
Restrictions on Access: Berg Collection is restricted access; request permission from holding division
Awards & Distinctions: Man Booker Prize, 2010
Local Note: Berg Collection copy inscribed by the author to Isaac Gewirtz, curator of the Berg Collection, on t.p. in blue ink
Berg Collection copy is gift of Howard Jacobson, May 3, 2011
Berg Collection copy with autograph card signed from Howard Jacobson to Isaac Gewirtz laid-in at front of vol
Subject Headings: Radio producers and directors Fiction Jewish authors Fiction Teachers Fiction Male friendship Fiction Older men Fiction
Topical Term: Radio producers and directors
Jewish authors
Teachers
Male friendship
Older men
ISBN: 9781608196111
1608196119
Branch Call Number: FIC J
Research Call Number: Berg Coll Jacobson, H F56 2010
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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.

Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It is difficult to know how this book won the 2010 Booker. It is touted as being humourous. It is not.

Jun 19, 2012
  • A_Traveler_Like_Jack rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 21, 2011
  • educated rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 19, 2011
  • NEIL VINCENT FINNIE rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was really looking forward to this book, but by 50 pages into it, I knew that it was curtains. What a dismal pedantic waste of effort putting this together.. Now on to something more worthwhile. How do folks write books like this.

Jul 10, 2011
  • tamaravh rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

BAH! This book is SO pretentious! The characters are all unlikeable, and the premise was just insulting. (A non Jewish man tries to discover what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century? Seriously?) Thanks Man Booker for giving me ANOTHER book that is almost impossible to finish. Skip it.

May 18, 2011
  • Rimini2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Howard Jacobsen is my new favourite author. The Finkler Question is a great read, very funny and insightful.

Apr 16, 2011
  • gvlee rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I didn't make it past the first 50 pages, so I am not qualified to say whether there was a plot in this book, but I must say, if there was a plotline, I never found it. The writing is good but the stream-of-consciousness style lacks tension, so there was nothing driving me to read on. In fact, it was downright tedious. If you're curious about what it means to be Jewish, you may find this book more interesting than I did.

do I ever like this book. It is so funny.

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