Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lost Tribes of Israel

I'd not read Chabon before. He's wonderful. A great gift for figurative language, a sublime knack for easygoing parody, a grand confidence in his craft without pretention. This alternate history is a more easygoing version of Roth's magnificent The Plot Against America.

But there's more to The Yiddish Policemen's Union than meets the eye. I think this is a very serious book, a barbed condemnation of two military superpowers, but will reserve further comment until the book discussion on Saturday. If I survive the crud long enough to participate, that is.

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