Howard Jacobson

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The Finkler Question

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Fiction
UK Bloomsbury Publishing (Ed. Michael Fishwick)
US Bloomsbury Publishing (Ed. George Gibson)
2010
He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one...

Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old friends, Libor Sevcik their former teacher. Both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered history rendering him as an honorary third widower, they share a sweetly painful reminiscing about a time before they had loved and lost. And it’s that very evening that Treslove, hesitating a moment as he walks home, is attacked—and his whole sense of who and what he is forever changed.

A scorching story of exclusion and belonging, ageing, wisdom and humanity, this funny furious unflinching novel is Jacobson at his brilliant best.

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Reviews


Mr. Jacobson doesn’t just summon Roth; he summons Roth at Roth’s best. Janet Maslin
The New York Times Review of Books

Israel and the Holocaust raise their heads in a provocative but funny novel.
The Finkler Question, which is as provocative as it is funny, as angry as it is compassionate, offers a moving testimony to a dilemma as ancient as the Old Testament. Alan Taylor
Scottish Herald
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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Jacobson's prose is a seamless roll of blissfully melancholic interludes. Christian House
The Independent
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The Finkler Question is further proof, if any was needed, of Jacobson’s mastery of humour. Matthew Syed
The Times
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Jacobson is seriously on form.

William Leith
Evening Standard
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Book Review: The Finkler Question
Exhilaration all the way. Tom Adair
The Scotsman
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A real giant … a great, great writer. Jonathan Safran Foer


Humour, insight and chutzpah pepper this fictional foray into what it means to be Jewish. Gerald Jacobs
Daily Telegraph


How is it possible to read Howard Jacobson and not lose oneself in admiration for the music of his language, the power of his characterisation and the penetration of his insight? Matthew Syed
The Times


Sentence by sentence, there are few writers who exhibit the same unawed respect for language or such a relentless commitment to re-examining even the most seemingly unobjectionable of received wisdoms. No wonder that, as with most of Jacobson’s novels, you finish The Finkler Question feeling both faintly exhausted and richly entertained. James Walton
Daily Telegraph


At the heart of the book is Julian the wannabe Jew, a wonderful comic creation precisely because he is so tragically touching in his haplessness… a richly satisfying read. Adam Lively
Sunday Times


Jacobson’s prose is a seamless roll of blissfully melancholic interludes. Almost every page has a quotable, memorable line. Christian House
Independent on Sunday


The writing is wonderfully mobile, and inventive, and Jacobson’s signature is to be found in every sentence … A remarkable work. Anthony Julius
Jewish Chronicle


...as all serious artists do, he is mining his immediate milieu as a way of directly unearthing the deeper questions of family, society, belief, culture, relationships – the underlying nature of humanity. Edward Docx
Observer


The Finkler Question is a terrifying and ambitious novel, full of dangerous shallows and dark, deep water Alex Clarke
Guardian


A novel of enormous scope, humour and intelligence. Rosie Boycott
The Guardian


Touching and sardonic. Katy Guest
The Independent
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Quintessential Howard Jacobson, funny, subtle, provocative and quietly moving. David Robson