It was just announced that Howard Jacobson won the 2010 Man Booker for The Finkler Question. Anyone read it yet? I have it on my ever-expanding, never-shrinking list.
I read this novel last month and really enjoyed it. Funny and intellectually interesting, while managing the difficult narrative feat of making a book interesting withtout much of a central story line. Anecdotes and side-stories make up the majority of the book and, collectively, they work to create an interesting and, I'd say, cohesive commentary on the difficulties and intricacies of Jewish identity today.
I agree with both of you. Once the semester is over, and I actually have time to read for my own pleasure again, this book is very high on my list. Hopefully the talk is accurate and not just hype. If one of you has a chance to read it, please post your responses. And hey, feel free to pass your copy of it on when you're done.
Likewise - you never run out of books to read. From the reviews it looks as if it is great though - a kind of regret of lost times in the Proustian vein. I have to say though I wish that David Mitchell's book had won it. I love his work and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is another classic from this exciting new author. I find it a bit disappointing when an author like that keeps on getting so close - but no cigar. I might have to up this book on the pile of books closer to the top though to see if it is worth the hype.
I haven't read that book either. I am still going over Pulitzer Prize Winners from a few years ago that I haven't read yet. It takes a while with school and classes for me to read something for pleasure. That doesn't mean I don't have time, I just prefer to read things for classes.