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 by Michael Chabon

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

by Michael Chabon

If you liked The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay then you won’t be disappointed. The book is easy to sink into and by page 50 you feel you’ve known Meyer and Berko forever. It’s his ability to write fully alive characters, but set them in a world of pure imagination that sets Chabon apart, and in The Yiddish Policemen’s Union he tosses Tlingit, Yiddish, Hebrew, Smart-Alecky Detective and the Verbal SAT in a blender without ever losing the thread of the fast moving plot.

A book about such an alien culture shouldn’t be so clearly visual to me, but as I followed Meyer Landsman through a few very hard days I felt I was right there with him.

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