Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

I finished Michael Chabon's latest novel at the beginning of last week. I was a little disappointed after hearing it compared to his masterpiece, the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It was a decent mystery, but in the end it just felt a little too gimmicky to me. It seemed like the idea of infusing Dashiell Hammett dialog with bits of Yiddish overrode the actual plotting of the novel. It was certainly an enjoyable book, and I would recommend it to any hard boiled fans, but I just feel that it could have been a lot better.

1 comment:

franQ said...

Hearing all this talk of the new Chabon release makes me a little sad…

A year ago, I would have been thrilled and no doubt attended his book signing. He’s been my favorite author since I first read his debut novel THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH back in the early 90s.

But I can no longer support the work of an author who has no regard for the story and characters that put him on the literary map.

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a film version of MOP coming out later this year… Written and directed by the guy who brought us DODGEBALL, in which he’s CHANGED 85% of Chabon’s original story.

And the sad part is… Michael Chabon himself APPROVED of the script! WHY would he do this? I can only think of one possible answer: $$

If you are a Chabon fan, esp MOP, I suggest you do NOT see this movie. You will be sadly disappointed at the COMPLETE removal of the gay character, Arthur Lecomte, and the fabrication of a romantic love triangle between Art Bechstein, Jane Bellwether, and a bi-sexual Cleveland Arning. And really, what is MOP without the presence of Phlox Lombardi? Alas, she’s barely in it.

For a copy of the script email: bechstein[at]yahoo[dot]com