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The Finkler Question is a winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize. It is the story of three friends who reminisce over the past. The author adds humour and a few aspects of Judaism. The novel is colourful and witty

Summary Of The Book

The Finkler Question, published in the year 2010, is a Man Booker Prize winner. The story is based in London and revolves around three friends. Julian Treslove was a BBC producer and now works as a celebrity lookalike. He is a die-hard romantic and has had a string of girlfriends. His childhood buddy Sam Finkler is a philosopher and TV personality. Though Finkler is himself a Jew, he is anti-Israeli and is a part of a group known as Ashamed. The two of them lead very different lives, but have always kept in touch with each other. They have also not lost contact with their old teacher, a Czech named Libor Sevcik.

Sevcik and Finkler have lost their wives recently and are both widowers. Treslove, with no romantic life to speak of, joins the two at the teacher’s fancy apartment in central London. The three of them spend the entire evening thinking about bittersweet memories. They speak about love and what they have lost. They discuss their life as it was before they became fathers and how beautiful everything was before the deaths of their loved ones.

Finkler and Sevcik also say that they would have preferred a life without any happiness, as then they would have had less to lose. Though Treslove himself has not lost a dear one, he still has tears in his eyes after listening to the stories of his friends.

That night, Treslove starts to walk back home at around 11.30 pm. He stops to take a look through the window of the oldest violin dealer’s shop in the country. In that moment, a woman passes by and mugs him. He thinks that she called him a Jew. Treslove is completely shaken by this incident and it leads him to take a decision that could change his life for ever.

The Finkler Question blends together love, humanity, loss, wit, and wisdom. It also sends out a subtle message about how the Jewish community should strive for the true Jewish philosophy of hope and positivity.

About Howard Jacobson


Howard Jacobson, born in the year 1942, is a British author, broadcaster, and the winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

Jacobson’s fictional works include The Act Of Love, Redback, The Mighty Walzer, Kalooki Nights, and Zoo Time. His non-fiction books are In the Land Of Oz, Seriously Funny: From The Ridiculous To The Sublime, and Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It.

The author’s books are usually comic in nature and focus on British Jewish characters.

He has been a broadcaster for shows like Howard Jacobson Takes On The Turner and The Bible: A History. He studied English at Downing College in Cambridge and later taught at the Selwyn College, Cambridge. Jacobson writes a column for the newspaper The Independent. He has been divorced twice and is now married to Jenny De Yong.


Specifications of The Finkler Question (Paperback)

Author Howard Jacobson
Book Details
Publisher Penguinbooks
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9781408809105
ISBN-10 1408809109
Language English
Edition Export and UK open market ed
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 320 Pages
Awards The Man Booker Prize Winner
Award Year 2010
Weight 420 g
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24 June 11
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If you like something slow and painfully boring... go for it!

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15 November 12
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The Supposed Question

After reading this book, one has ought to think as to why did this book won the Booker Prize. Certainly, its a dichotomy.
The Finkler Question surrounds the life of two widowers, Finkler and Libor and their divorced friend Treslove, who is the central character. One thing which is distinct about this book is that its very philosophical and concentrates too much on the tiny aspects of life, especially those concerning the love life of the 3 friends, especially Treslove.
Although the book scores a good amount on unread-ability, a striking plot as well as the introspection of Treslove really attracts this book. So i would give it 3.5/5.

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01 December 12
The English Comedy.

Plot:The story revolves around 3 central characters.One of whom is a jew an who plays the 'Race card' for his benefit.The story is nothing exceptional and it revolves around adultery and jews as such.The critics have said that it is first comedy to win a booker.

Comment:To be honest,i did not get most of the humour the Booker guys talked about.Either it was too subtle for my understanding or by humour i may have become use to crass and loud jokes.Either way i didn't not find the book as anything out of ordinary.

Given an opportunity again i may give it a skip for something else.

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09 October 12
Funny writing but it demands some knowledge on Jews culture

I laughed quite a lot reading this book. The language is just a like a music for reading. The character of protagonist's depicted is I felt bit unrealistic. Nevertheless, one will not be disappointed to buy this book.

As an outsider to Jews culture, at times I do not quite follow the book. I mean the ceremonies and strange behavior of Finkler's wife when she is bed with Treslove.

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02 March 12
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Wonderful articulation

Use of language is awesome. Discomforting feelings are amazingly expressed and deeply felt. Links get broken in between but attempt to bring back succeeds. British colloquialism is a distinct feature above all Worth a read.

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