The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

February 22, 2011

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

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 »


The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

February 1, 2010

review by Gabriel

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day tells the story of an old English butler’s trip to the country to visit a friend.  It doesn’t sound like the most riveting concept in the history of literature, does it?  Yet Kazuo Ishiguro’s tale of the closeted life of a domestic servant is dazzling for the scope of its observations on humanity and English culture. Read the rest of this entry »