John Wilson (Books and Culture) on the New Michael Chabon Novel

John Wilson (Books and Culture) on the New Michael Chabon Novel May 30, 2007

John Wilson reviews The Yiddish Policemen’s Union:

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is the best new novel I’ve read so far this year, and I won’t be surprised if it wins another Pulitzer or some comparable recognition. It is also a deeply frustrating book…


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  • I gave this book 50 pages before giving up on it. Of those 50 pages, about 45 were exposition. I’m sure it eventually gets interesting, but I find that I’ve got less and less time for self-indulgence like this. Still, I heard Chabon speak a couple weeks ago, and he’s both very interesting and an honest-to-God nice guy. I really love his horror stories, “In the Black Mill” & “The God of Dark Laughter.”