Michael Chabon – The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
75. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (2007)
Read By: Peter Riegert
Length: 12h 39m (414 pages)
Genre: Mystery; Alternate History
Started: 26 May 2008, re-started on 29 May 2008, due to faulty headphone wiring and the fact that I figured actually being able to hear the book would help comprehension.
Finished: 09 June 2008
An excerpt: As the story follows Landsman through interviews and investigations, it becomes clear that while it is at base a murder mystery, it is at heart a novel about redemption in the face of annihilation – both the redemption of the Jewish people and Landsman’s personal redemption.
I think it is a testament to Chabon’s writing that I enjoyed this book at all, let alone enjoy it as much as I did – me, who reads detective stories only when they’re disguised as something else, and whose sum knowledge of Jewish culture and customs comes from a friend occasionally sharing a kugel. 4 out of 5 stars.
First Line: Nine months Landsman’s been flopping at the Hotel Zamenhof without any of his fellow residents managing to get themselves murdered.