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.