The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning 'The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' For sixty years ...Show synopsisThe brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning 'The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a 'temporary' safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful and complex frontier city that moves to the Yiddish beat. Now, after sixty years of federal neglect, the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can't catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman's new supervisor is the love of his life -- and also his worst nightmare. And then someone's got the nerve to commit a murder in the flophouse Landsman calls home. Out of habit, obligation and a half-cocked shot at redemption, he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, and soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil and salvation that are his heritage -- and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.Hide synopsis
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Fourth Estate Ltd) – Trade paperback (2007)
Trade paperback, Fourth Estate Ltd 2007
ISBN: 0007208065 ISBN-13: 9780007208067
The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of 'The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' and 'The Final Solution'. What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska -- and not Israel -- had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II? In Michael Chabon's Yiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings ...Show moreThe brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of 'The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' and 'The Final Solution'. What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska -- and not Israel -- had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II? In Michael Chabon's Yiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra -- but behind Rebbe looms an even larger shadow!Despite sensible protests from Berko, his half-Tlingit, half-Jewish partner, Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka's homicide unit -- also known as his fearsome ex-wife, Bina. 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union' interweaves an homage to the stylish menace of 1940s noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossal ambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writers working today.Hide
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I love to read - especially works that are well written in modern english. Chabon writes with colors. His sentences are little worlds that need to be explored. As you read through
the text, you wonder how a writer could craft a story with such brilliant descriptions. I found myself going back to sentences that I found engrossing. This novel has a Jewish theme
with fair amount of yiddish thrown in. Chabon translates the english for the reader. You don't have to be Jewish to read this book. You do have to love great writing.
I not only really wanted to like The Yiddish Policemen?s Union by Michael Chabon, I expected to love it. Chabon is one of my favorite authors, and Kavalier and Clay is a true masterpiece. However, his latest novel is a far cry from, really, any of his previous works.
An alternate-history book that will draw inevitable comparisons to Philip Roth?s The Plot Against America, Chabon envisions a world where, as FDR actually suggested (which I didn?t know) that a Jewish settlement be located in Alaska. Derisively called the ?frozen Chosen? by Americans (referred to as ?our neighbors in the South? by the locals), the area is due to be returned to America, and the Jews are due to go?somewhere.
?It?s a strange time to be a Jew,? almost every character states at one point or another, and indeed it?s true. This is the backdrop to the novel, which in most respects is ? or attempts to be ? a hardboiled detective story.
Our Mickey Spillane is a policeman named Meyer Landsman, a beaten-down shell of his former self, who spends his nights drunk and contemplating suicide. One morning, he?s called to investigate the murder of someone also living in his fleabag hotel.
I?d get into the story, which involves several different sects of Jews, chess and the Holy Land?but it?s really hard for me to do that. The book feels far too clever for its own good, and at several times Chabon refers back to characters who I barely remembered ? who turn out to be incredibly important and relevant. In the zeal to keep this alternative history ?real,? Chabon can?t draw out a historical review, so characters casually refer to things, in Yiddish slang no less, that take several repetitions to make sense. Many characters have similar, unfamiliar Eastern European names, and the way their roles intertwine gets more confusing as the book progresses, until perhaps the last third of the book.
Perhaps most disappointingly, the book seems to explain itself towards the end in two somewhat cheap ways ? through a flashback, and then by Landsman suddenly figuring a key component out in the last few pages. It feels beneath an author as brilliantly talented as Chabon, and while there?s no denying it?s a good book, it?s far from a great one. I didn?t much care for most of the characters, but I perservered because it was Chabon, and also because I did want to see the story play out?which it only sort of does.
All in all, a disappointment, and a book I couldn?t honestly recommend.
In this ambitious novel, Michael Chabon carries on the great literary tradition of crafting an alternate universe from the jumping off point of WWII. Just like Phillip K. Dick's "The Man in The High Castle" and Phillip Roth's "The Plot Against America", Chabon's Policemen's Union dissects the many paths of history and its effects on a people.
Chabon departs from the aforementioned authors by presenting a vision that is as quirky and just plain fun as what we've come to expect from his novels. "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" is part fantasy, part crime novel with plenty of hilarious asides. And even though it takes place in frigid Alaska, this is good summer reading.
This book by Michael Chabon - who I *thought* could do no wrong - woefully disappointed me. While I'm glad to see that others really liked it, and I agree that the writing itself is up to his usual high standards, I didn't like the story OR the characters.
So ... what next? I'm going to give Chabon ...
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