è The Yiddish Policemen's Union ✓ Download by ↠´ Michael Chabon 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 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 Yiddish For Sixty Years They Have Been Left Alone, Neglected And Half Forgotten In A Backwater Of History 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 Them Off Into The Unknown But Homicide Detective Meyer Landsman Of The District Police Has Enough Problems Without Worrying About The Upcoming Reversion His Life Is A Shambles, His Marriage A Wreck, His Career A Disaster He And His Half Tlingit Partner, Berko Shemets, Can T Catch A Break In Any Of Their Outstanding Cases Landsman S New Supervisor Is The Love Of His Life And Also His Worst Nightmare And In The Cheap Hotel Where He Has Washed Up, Someone Has Just Committed A Murder Right Under Landsman S Nose Out Of Habit, Obligation, And A Mysterious Sense That It Somehow Offers Him A Shot At Redeeming Himself, Landsman Begins To Investigate The Killing Of His Neighbor, A Former Chess Prodigy But When Word Comes Down From On High That The Case Is To Be Dropped Immediately, Landsman Soon Finds Himself Contending With All The Powerful Forces Of Faith, Obsession, Hopefulness, Evil, And Salvation That Are His Heritage And With The Unfinished Business Of His Marriage To Bina Gelbfish, The One Person Who Understands His Darkest Fears At Once A Gripping Whodunit, A Love Story, An Homage To S Noir, And An Exploration Of The Mysteries Of Exile And Redemption, The Yiddish Policemen S Union Is A Novel Only Michael Chabon Could Have Written Front Flap 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 detective Meyer Landsman The narrative revolves around Landsman s quest to solve this murder despite growing evidence that there are quite a few people who would strongly prefer he mind his own business The story is a complex one, the basic murder mystery woven through with issues of religion and race, politics and love, loss and redemption Despite the intriguing premise, it took me quite some time to get into this novel Though I felt a certain amount of detached pity for Landsman, I simply didn t find him involving enough as a character to really care that much about him It wasn t until the identity of the dead man was revealed that I really felt myself begin to get invested in just where this story was going Unfortunately, that didn t occur until 100 plus pages in.
Chabon s writing may have contributed to my difficulty engaging with this story Though he is clearly a highly creative prose stylist, there were times when he shifted between past and present in a way I found very confusing In addition, he would go on such long expositional passages between brief lines of dialogue that I would forgot what the main thread of the conversation was about and have to go back and re read Perhaps this is all very literary, but quirks like these repeatedly took me out of the story.
Despite those problems, I did enjoy this novel in a detached sort of way I found the themes it explored and the way it explored them intellectually interesting But it just didn t grab me emotionally as much as I expected it to from the premise I think my taste and Chabon s style are perhaps not the best match.
B 77% Good NotesIt starts well and gets interesting in the middle, but the ending s an afterthought and the text is befuddlingly flowery.

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 yourself to the world, could you please take off that top hat, and maybe that feather boa, and maybe that fake moustache, too I m not enjoying your outfit any longer I m merely distracted, and annoyed Sometimes you don t need to describe the sky five different ways.
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 book are warm blooded and quirky they do not stand for ideologies, and this is no morality play Chabon manages to write a top notch piece of mystery detective novel noir that simulatenously parodies and celebrates the genre The plot is a page turning thrill, and his prose throughout is gorgeous suitably hard boiled to give his nozzes clout, ripe with metaphors pastiche or fresh , always delicious enough to taste Literary This is speculative fiction that makes you feel, not just think Will Meyer and Bina reunite Will Meyer ever be OK What did it feel like to be blessed by Mendel Shpliman, to play chess with him And of course Chabon s book makes you think It s full of Big Questions What would have happened if countries had however reluctantly opened their doors to European Jews during WWII, sparing 4 of the 6 million killed If Zionists had botched things in Israel and instead found themselves in Alaska, disputing land with Native Americans, dreaming up terrorist plots to win back the holy land Characters and readers alike must wonder, can a people who have been driven from place to place, who have been massacred and betrayed, who are desperatecan they make good moral choices Can they choose to live by the book, the book, or any book at all The Yiddish Policeman s Union is about horrible things done to and by Jews, to and by people all over the world It s about entitlement and destitution In ways both obvious and subtle, it examines the Problem of Israel, the real one we face, and America s role in it the dangers of fundamentalism, of a Jewish state, of the lack of one, of the pain of believing in nothing and the stain of believing in anything It cracks open the possibility that we do not and cannot understand everything around us While the story is painful and the outlook for the characters often grim, Chabon helps us believe in miracles, blessingseven the crumbs of salvation They taste, I think he d tell us, like a shtekeleh an Alaskan Jewish Filipino style Chinese doughnut