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by Michael Chabon

eBook The Yiddish Policemen's Union download ISBN: 0739489496
Author: Michael Chabon
Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (2007)
Language: English
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Michael Chabon and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.

Michael Chabon and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. Builds upon the achievement of Kavalier & Clay, creating a completely fictional world that is as persuasively detailed as his re-creation of 1940s New York in that earlier book, even as it gives the reader a gripping murder mystery and one of the most appealing detective heroes to come along since Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times.

A small pile of paperback books sits atop the laminate dresser. On the bedside table Lasker kept a chessboard. It looks like he had a game going, a messy-looking middle game with Black’s king under attack at the center of the board and White having the advantage of a couple of pieces.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a 2007 novel by American author Michael Chabon

The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a 2007 novel by American author Michael Chabon. The novel is a detective story set in an alternative history version of the present day, based on the premise that during World War II, a temporary settlement for Jewish refugees was established in Sitka, Alaska, in 1941, and that the fledgling State of Israel was destroyed in 1948. The novel is set in Sitka, which it depicts as a large, Yiddish-speaking metropolis.

Michael Chabon The Yiddish Policemen's Union And they went to sea in a Sieve. Edward Lear 1 Nine months Landsman’s been flopping at the Hotel Zamenhof without any of his fellow residents managing to get themselves murdered. These are strange times to be a Jew, Tenenboym agrees. No doubt about it. A small pile of paperback books sits atop the laminate dresser.

Michael Chabon imagines an Alaskan town as a Jewish homeland, not of milk and honey but of salmon and lumber. The author, whose latest book is The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, walking along the Sitka harbor in Alaska. ASIDE from geography, Sitka, a boomerang-shaped island in the southeastern panhandle of Alaska, has very little in common with the imaginary city named Sitka conjured up by Michael Chabon in his latest book, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.

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The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Die Vereinigung jiddischer Polizisten (Originaltitel: The Yiddish Policemen s Union) ist ein alternativ historischer Kriminalroman des amerikanischen Autors Michael Chabon aus dem Jahr 2007. Handlung Der Roman spielt im Jahr 2007 in eine.

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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. Скачать (pdf, . 0 Mb) Читать. Epub FB2 mobi txt RTF. Конвертация файла может нарушить форматирование оригинала. По-возможности скачивайте файл в оригинальном формате.

A Novel. "A prose magician, Chabon is that rare literary anomaly: A gentle spirited writer of boundless ambition."
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I am reading the Nebula Award winning novels in chronological order. This is the winner for 2008.

I must say, this book was very...different. Different in an interesting but sometimes difficult to read way. The novel is liberally embellished with Yiddish, the native language of the characters. There is a glossary in the back which I didn't notice until it was too late. I don't like looking things up anyway, plus the context makes most things obvious.

The story is complex and the ridiculously long names for some of the characters don't make it any easier to keep track of things. There is a lot to follow. This is not a light read, you have to be paying attention. I would not recommend it for an audiobook.

The two main characters are detectives in a province of Alaska to which they have been granted a 50 year lease. The main character, Landsman, life has gone down the tubes, his marriage collapsed leaving him with nothing to live for. He rents a dumpy apartment in a slum where he spends his non-working time drowning himself in alcohol. But he is a driven detective and when a young man is murdered in his apartment building, he takes it seriously. The book follows the complicated path to find the man's killer.

What I really liked about the novel was the language, not the insertion of Yiddish, but the colorful and insightful aphorisms. So much can be conveyed in so few words. I'm going to put a number of them in this review so you can see what I mean. There are a lot, lot more throughout the novel.

The lady has been in and out of the hospital lately, dying in chapters, with a cliff-hanger at the end of every one.

The blood from the back of his head has scattered rhododendrons in the snow.

He can feel his rib cage ringing under the mallet of his heart.

Landsman feels a numbness enter his limbs, a sense of doom that is indistinguishable from peacefulness.

I'm like a cash gift, I'm always appropriate.

I could go on citing these things but you've probably got the idea by now.
I have a love-hate relationship with Michael Chabon. I loved The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I hated Wonder Boys and this would be right in the middle. I would encourage anyone reading this to first have the understanding that this takes place in a fictional world where the Jews are given, for lack of a better description, an alternate Israel in Sitka Alaska. Since I did not, it took awhile for me to "get it"...about the time he mentions the A-Bomb that took out Berlin. So you better have the Glossary in the back of the book open, along with Google so that you can cut through the density of the narrative with it's heavy reliance on Jewish/Yiddish references. Maybe it is my deficiency that I do not want to have to cross-reference every third paragraph; however, I don't. The characters are well drawn and his descriptions of place and time are wonderfully evocative. The story, although overly convoluted for my taste, is well told. Maybe I should stick to Romance Novels?
I don't have time to review this properly, but I'm not the type who wants to read fiction taking place in an alternate history. However, this book was so imaginative and unusual that I ended up buying into Chabon's world in Alaska. Sorry there's no time for me to explain why. Just get through the first 50 pages and enjoy the ride. Chabon is so smart and funny that I couldn't help but consider my relative superficiality and stupidity.
Don't be put off by the unlikely hypothetical premise of a US - sanctioned Jewish shtetl in Sitka, Alaska -- Chabon could take any premise at all, regardless of how crazy, and do anything he wants with it so long as he keeps writing in his characteristic, highly evocative style that exactly places the reader in the moment right down to the components of a particular smell or color or thought or memory, or light or mood. He delivers his easy, almost free wheeling exactitude of description, with unparalleled and seemingly effortless turn of phrase, through multitudinous and constant allusion, delightfully concise and incisive by turns, nailing it, never letting the allusion get in the way, speeding by it, allowing it to spring forth as from a well rehearsed comedian, in consistently dense prose achingly and enviably to the point in stream of consciousness types of controlled leaps from this to that, precisely conveying in disarmingly simple words, a likeness between the object or emotion or taste at hand and things we know intimately, all with with shocking accuracy, constantly drawing a string of minute comparisons and likenesses in a made up world made undeniably palpable and familiar, a made up world especially for Jews, but so enjoyably particular and intimate in its description that in the end, his wild premise seems not so terribly unlikely.
As for the plot, it's as wild as the notion of a remote Alaska Jewish shtetl set up by the state, and yet it moves along briskly enough, implausible --or not? -- as the outcome may be.

Crazy enjoyable read, although it helps of you are Jewish or nearly Jewish by association owing to near constant cultural and actual Yiddish references (a lot of which, however, are self explanatory by context). All of this creates a feeling akin to an inside joke best understood by Jews, but again, the language is so beguiling to anyone enchanted by a well written turn of phrase, that it would be a shame for only Jared to read this and for non Jews to miss out. I encourage all linguaphiles, whatever their ethnic background, to dive in, maybe with a mini Yiddish reference dictionary on hand.