Sunday, 5 September 2010

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

After the Amis and the McEwan, both of which were OK (Amis enjoyably out of control and at last back to a subject he knows something about - himself; McEwan as controlled and clever as ever) Howard Jacobson's new novel is emphatically pertinent in a way those Big Two somehow aren't. It is a book about being Jewish in Britain, but it is also concerned with the way in which we choose (or fail to choose) the way in which we conduct ourselves. There is something of The Old Devils in it, but I'll have to reread Kingsley's book to find out. i think it has to do with the tenderness of age. This is a perfunctory note, i am aware, but this is a good book, and, as always, enjoyable with it.

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