The Yiddish Policemen's Union

↠ The Yiddish Policemen's Union ↠ Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen s Union For sixty years Jews have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka a temporary safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking collapse of the fledgling state of Israel Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control and their dream is coming to an end once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry th, ↠ The Yiddish Policemen's Union ↠ Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemen's Union, The Yiddish Policemen s Union For sixty years Jews have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka a temporary safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking collapse of the fledgling state

  • Title: The Yiddish Policemen's Union
  • Author: Michael Chabon
  • ISBN: 9780007149827
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

The Yiddish Policemen's Union ↠ The Yiddish Policemen's Union ↠ Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemen's Union, The Yiddish Policemen s Union For sixty years Jews have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka a temporary safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking collapse of the fledgling state ↠ The Yiddish Policemen's Union ↠ Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemen's Union, The Yiddish Policemen s Union For sixty years Jews have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka a temporary safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking collapse of the fledgling state ↠ The Yiddish Policemen's Union ↠ Michael Chabon

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  1. You know that fashion rule where, before you leave the house, you re supposed to quickly turn to a mirror and then take off the first accessory that catches your eye Well, I feel like Chabon should have done that with his prose, which is sometimes so ridiculously overwritten and boastful that it ruined an otherwise pretty interesting story With some writers, I want them to put on another accessory or two please, would some bangle bracelets kill you but with Chabon I m like, Dude, before you show [...]


  2. I don t care what is written, Meyer Landsman says I don t care what supposedly got promised to some sandal wearing idiot whose claim to fame is that he was ready to cut his own son s throat for the sake of a hare brained idea I don t care about red heifers and patriarchs and locusts A bunch of old bones in the sand My homeland is in my hat It s in my ex wife s tote bag The Yiddish Policeman s Union is one of those rare, rare novels of ideas that is also character driven, and the people of this b [...]


  3. This would make my short list for the most overwritten novel I ve ever read It s Michael Chabon so of course there are some fabulous lines But at times I felt like I was reading Thomas Pynchon or Nabokov fan fiction Several times I was on the point of abandoning it but annoyingly Chabon would suddenly bring all his considerable talents as a storyteller to the table and produce a great chapter Problem was, that was almost always followed by another five rambling overwritten ones It reminded me in [...]


  4. Oy vey Michael Chabon s 2007 novel is about as original an alternative history as can be imagined Israel collapsed in 1948 and a section of Alaska has been set aside for an extended Jewish territory Within this setup, Chabon then goes on to tell a fun whodunit.Meshuganah Like the best of Tom Wolfe s writing, Chabon s descriptive language and inventive style sets this apart from other alternate history books about Jews in Alaska While the mystery can drag at times and this was longer than I would [...]


  5. When I think of The Yiddish Policemen s Union, I can picture a complacent Chabon frequently patting his own back while writing this book If he can come up with three ornamental ways to portray one thing, he includes all three of them in the book He seems mighty pleased with his writing and probably believes in sharing his beautiful mind with everyone He will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat with suspense, to furnish a leisurely description of the setting before moving on Every little t [...]


  6. My father s family is Polish Jewish My paternal grandmother was fluent in Yiddish, and whenever I see my parents they talk incessantly about Israeli politics I must have read at least half of Isaac Bashevis Singer at one time or another Also, I m a chess player I even knew the chess problem in question, and had read Nabokov s explanation in Speak, Memory of his thought processes as he constructed it So how would it be possible for me not to love this book But my reasons for loving it are suffici [...]


  7. Rating 4.75 of fiveThe Book Report For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a temporary safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yid [...]


  8. Many years ago, after I d finished off The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, one of my all time favourites, I decided to follow up on my personal Chabon binge with The Yiddish Policeman s Union For one reason or another, I made it about 50 pages deep and abandoned the entire book I sat it next to its better known counterpart on a shelf where it would rest for many years Then, suddenly, it became a book club pick and I saw it as a sign to dig in and give this book another kick at the can Lucki [...]


  9. Onvan The Yiddish Policemen s Union Nevisande Michael Chabon ISBN 7149824 ISBN13 9780007149827 Dar 414 Safhe Saal e Chap 2007


  10. When I first heard about this novel, I found its premise too fascinating to resist it s a noir inspired murder mystery set in an alternate universe in which refugees from the failed state of Israel are living in a section of Alaska temporarily loaned to them by the US government At the beginning of Chabon s novel, their lease on this land is about to expire, signs of the messiah s imminent arrival are accumulating, and a dead man has inconveniently turned up in the fleabag hotel of broken down d [...]


  11. Imagine a crazy world in which, following the Holocaust, Jewish survivors languished in DP camps in Europe, were often still barred or discouraged from immigrating to the various democracies , and found themselves pushed into emigrating to the Middle East where, through a variety of historical coincidences, they founded a new society based on dispossessing the indigenous Arabs and acting as imperialism s pit bulls in the region.That s the crazy world we do live in.In many ways, Michael Chabon s [...]


  12. This is a book that I didn t want to read Once I actually acquired a copy it sat mouldering on my shelves for over a year before I got to it Having only read Kavalier Clay and having been only mildly whelmed by it, it didn t call to me at all Then, madness of madnesses, it was not only nominated for, but won the Hugo Award, even when stacked up against such brilliant scifi writers as Ian McDonald and Charles Stross Upset doesn t begin to describe my reaction How dare this dabbler in genre fictio [...]


  13. I picked up a copy of The Yiddish Policemen s Union by Michael Chabon purely out of curiosity This novel was nominated for, and won, the prestigious Hugo Award The Hugo Award is for outstanding science fiction and I have never seen The Yiddish Policemen s Union on the science fiction fantasy bookshelves in any bookstore It s only been in the mainstream fiction section Now that I ve read it, I still don t understand how it won the Hugo True, it is an alternate history but it s a socio political a [...]


  14. 1 Chess2 Police investigations3 Judaism Yiddish, red cows, those little hats 4 AlaskaI don t know much about any of these topics And honestly, only the last one piques my interest Which meant from page one, it was going to be an uphill battle for Chabon And he lost the battle I mean he was slaughtered on that hill Now that I have finished the book, I have negative interest in items 1 to 3 I am still curious about Alaska Yet once it was used in the set up, the cold tundra was tossed aside and rar [...]


  15. There are not less than 36 tzaddikim righteous persons in the world who receive the Shekhinah the Divine Presence Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 97b, Sukkot 45bThere is a person born each generation with the potential to become Messiah, if the Jewish people warrant his coming This candidate is known as the Tzadik Ha Dor, meaning Tzaddik of the Generation.Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska Home to some 2 million Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, resettled here during the late 30 ties and early 40 ties, flee [...]


  16. Had a pretty lengthy review, which was deleted when I made the mistake of changing the shelf Yeah, I don t get it either Long story short I still don t get why Michael Chabon is supposed to be one of the great writers of the 21st century Wonder Boys was an enjoyable read Nothing life changing, but smart, fast, and chock full of quirky characters Kavalier Clay t so good I am a fan of the comics industry, and I have to say the beginning describing it s birth had me riveted And then the characters [...]


  17. It is probably my own fault that I was disappointed by this book I heard a review of it many years ago on the radio and hunted up and down the shelves of bookshops until years later I found a paperback copy In my imagination I was sure that this book would be the hard boiled love child of Isaac Babel and Raymond Chandler, witty, insightful and with its collar turned up against the rain The title promised an array of pleasures The slog of police union politics conducted in Yiddish, a hint of inte [...]


  18. The Yiddish Policemen s Union Larger than life characters overwhelm noir plotOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI knew I would eventually get around to this book How can one resist An alternate history about the US resettling European Jews to Alaska to escape the Holocaust, in a world in which Germany defeated the Soviet Union, Berlin was destroyed by nuclear weapons in 1946, and Israel was destroyed in 1948 in a different version of the Arab Israeli War Michael Chabon uses this setting for [...]


  19. I just have to record some great bits of this book as I go alongchokengtitik

    titikchokeng 13And just last week, amid the panic and feathers of a kosher slaughterhouse on Zhitlovsky Avenue, a chicken turned on the shochet as he raised his ritual knife and announced, in Aramaic, the imminent advent of Messiah According to the Tog, the miraculous chicken offered a number of startling predictions, though it neglected to mention the soup in which, having once fallen silent as God Himself, it after [...]


  20. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally Is Michael Chabon possibly our nation s greatest living writer Oh, wait, I already know the answer to that rhetorical question yes, yes he is And that s because, than almost anyone else working today, Chabon has the ability to elegantly enfold the elements of literature most revered by academes with the elemen [...]


  21. I wanted to be a good reader, I wanted to give it a good chance and not pick nits because it wasn t written by an Alaskan But I just couldn t trudge through the prose So, yet again, I feel out of step with everyone I know, who all loved the book and demanded I read it Sigh.


  22. What if Israel had not come into existence in 1948 and another solution had been found, namely the USA ceding a portion of coastal Alaska for a temporary Jewish state Now add to that a noir crime yarn set in this fictional state What s not to like Oy This is a very slow moving detective yarn, so slow in fact that I contemplated not finishing it Chabon concentrates on giving family and cultural historical details in this alternate reality yarn That becomes too much, particularly as the forward mo [...]


  23. The corpse with the extra hole in his head may turn out to be the least of Detective Meyer Landsman s problems His ex wife is now his boss professionally, this time around and she s just handed him a tall stack of file folders full of cold cases she wants him to solve A dark Alaska winter is creeping in and Landsman is sinking deeper into a shady mess that reeks of conspiracy and long kept secrets.There s no denying itChabon plays well with words crafting sentences of such loveliness, you go bac [...]


  24. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]


  25. THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN S UNION BY MICHAEL CHABON Michael Chabon is a writer that many other writers are envious of he s young, he s brilliant, and his books will undoubtedly survive long after his is gone Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay aside, Chabon s writing seems almost effortless, but is pure craft and magic Unlike John Irving, who plots out the complete story beforehand, and then meticulously crafts each sentence and paragraph to be perfect which is why he can [...]


  26. I hated this book by the end It started out pretty good, then Chabon started intensifying the Jewish theme Then he started adding scenes where the characters literally cussed and slandered each other for a page out of love with harsh, unnecessarily offensive language Comments throughout were made about how Jewish people were the worst people ever, various racist epitaths, vulgarity, violence, etcetera I honestly am not easily offended Chabon, however, crossed the line the worst thing is how unne [...]


  27. On one level, this book is a standard detective story, with nods to noir film and at least one name check for Raymond Chandler The protagonist is a hard drinking policeman who cracks wise and has trouble with dames well, at least one dame , and takes an enormous amount of physical abuse in the course of performing his duties duties which he often defines broadly than his supervisors really expect Sound familiar On another level, it s a science fiction novel, taking for its setting a parallel wo [...]


  28. Many people seem to enjoy Michael Chabon s books so I was pleased when I finally had a reason to read The Yiddish Policemen s Union In the dark Alaskan winter in the city of Sitka Detective Meyer Landsman s ex wife has just become his boss and has handing him a huge stack of old cold cases that she wants him to solve While Landsman life may feel like its already hit rock bottom, he s only just discovering the mess that he s in a mess that will lead to a conspiracy This alternative verson of Sitk [...]


  29. Inventive, creative etc Most of the writing style is top notch but sometimes overblown I particularly liked the conversation with his ex wife when she s introduced in the book as his new boss Instead of giving the Jews a temporary homeland in Alaska, I would have preferred it if they made part of Germany the Jewish homeland.


  30. Sincer, am suspectat ba c ar fi genial , ba o porc rie ce nu i merit premiile Hugo, Nebula, Locus ntr un final, zic c ar fi undeva la mijloc Ar fi putut fi genial dac ar fi renun at un pic la tonul mult prea ironic adoptat de autor la adresa tuturor stereotipurilor despre evrei Probabil c va r m ne o carte ne n eleas mult timp de acum ncolo Combina ie de istorie alternativ i roman poli ist cu detectivi p n i cli eul cu detectivul be iv, divor at i mereu sup rat pe lume, care de multe ori face ni [...]