The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson, Bloomsbury, RRP£7.99, 384 pages
Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Jacobson’s latest comic novel bounces ideas of Jewishness between three contrary characters.
Devotees of Jacobson will find much pleasure in his sport with these joyfully over-drawn characters. Sam’s involvement with “ASHamed Jews”, a Groucho Club clique of vocal opponents to Israel’s foreign policy, grates against an undertow of anti-Semitic acts, while Julian embraces “the Finkler question”: should he become a Jew?
More or less passionless affairs punctuate this enjoyable study of identity and personal integrity.