The Finkler Question?

October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Finkler Question written by Howard Jacobson is this years winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010.  This is the first comedic novel to win the Man Booker Prize award since Kingsley Amis’ book, The Old Devils in 1986.  Keeping his cunning comedy at the forefront, Jacobson accepted the award jokingly with,

“I am speechless… fortunately I prepared one earlier. It’s dated 1983, that’s how long the wait’s been.”

The wait has ended for Howard Jacobson at the age of 68, making him the oldest winner of the Man Booker since William Golding in 1980.  Jacobson, never one to shy away from examining himself as an Anglo-Jew;  calls himself “the Jewish Jane Austen”.  Sir Alexander goes one better than this suggesting,

“It would be a bit over-the-top to say it’s Shakespearean, but he certainly knows something that Shakespeare knew – that the tragic and the funny are intimately linked.”

Sir Andrew may be on the money with this parallel as Howard Jacobson describes his book The Finkler question as ultimately being about sorrow and loss but, “I wanted to make the reader laugh and weep at the same moment.” Jacobson said. This is Jacobson’s 11th novel.

What do you think?  Have you read, The Finkler Question or any other works by Howard Jacobson?  If so let us know your own personal review in the comment box below.  (Please keep in mind will not publish anything indecent or derogatory, although constructive criticism is always welcome!)

For further reading click here for a reputable link to a bio of Howard Jacobson with synopsis of his books including critiques.

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