The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon


On the one hand, Chabon writes with a lyricism you can roll in and savour and think 'this is where the others go wrong'. On the other, his cleverness can get the better of him and it's hard to know what's going on. But for his ambition, his imagination, his surreal world view, he is certainly up there with the best modern novelists. [Later note: this was a reading group choice in early 2009 and was unanimously unpopular for being too pretentious. While that is certainly a flaw, the actual plot and ideas raised should have stoked a good discussion.]

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