Posts tagged ‘Religion and Spirituality’

Book Review: The Finkler Question

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By Mandy Webster

The Finkler Question. Howard Jacobson. Bloomsbury USA, New York. 2010.

The Finkler Question, by British author Howard Jacobson, is a long, dull, back-tracking read I wouldn’t recommend to anyone (Finkler or non-Finkler.) I don’t know if I would even waste my time reading this review if I were you. That is, unless you are a critic. The critics apparently love this Man Booker Prize winning pain in the arse. Anyway, this was my original reaction to The Finkler Question.

I had to read this book for a class I’m taking on Literature and Humor, and I struggled to get through that first section. We were to have read the entire novel by the time we met for class this past Saturday, but I only managed to get through Part I. By the time I arrived on campus, I had given up on The Finkler Question and decided to just wing it through class. But after discussing the book with my fellow graduate students, I decided maybe I should give Finkler a second chance. Read more…


Discussion: The Poisonwood Bible

Cover of "The Poisonwood Bible"

Cover of The Poisonwood Bible

Last spring, a friend of mine gave me a copy of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver to read over the summer. Of course, I didn’t get around to it until just recently. Overall, I have really enjoyed the book, and the other night it even made me cry, which takes a lot. The problem is, the book is just way too long.

What I mean is, it seemed to me like the story ended when the Price family left Kilanga, but the book just keeps going and going after that. Read more…