The Finkler Question won the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and received glowing reviews from in The Guardian and The New York Times, but if the luke-warm response from my book club and the three star rating on Amazon.com is anything to go by, this book typifies the chasm between critics and the everyday literature reader.
This is not to say that Howard Jacobson’s novel is terrible. It is funny and well written with some fantastic, witty similes. But it also self-conscious and trying, and has a central theme which many readers will not engage with. Read the rest of this entry »