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Yiddish policemen s union real problem with the book is the piecemeal way Chabon introduces his alternate reality. It's an unwritten rule of the genre well, it's written now that you should be able to define the difference between the parallel world and ours in a single sentence.

Armada triumphs, Elizabeth assassinated Keith Roberts's Pavane. No such establishment of a baseline is possible with The Yiddish Policemen's Union.


Two million European Jews were slaughtered in the s, rather than six, and there's no reference to Hitler or any other political figure the current American President is referred to only in those vague terms.

No doubt Chabon has compiled a little dossier or chart of his world, but there are readers who would yiddish policemen s union a peek, too.

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You can't participate in the game if you don't know the rules. The only partial exception would have to be Nabokov's Ada, which takes place on Antiterra, a planet that keeps pace with our own on the other side of the sun.

Nabokov plays freely with familiar elements and discontinuities, but his yiddish policemen s union doesn't have a thriller plot - to put it mildly - and requires reading in a state of exasperated yiddish policemen s union.

Chabon acknowledges Nabokov given the honorific title 'Reb'but only for a borrowed chess problem, and his refusal of a baseline is more perverse than the grand master's.

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?

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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 desperate Willie Dick, though he claims to hate everyone equally.

A lot of the details of the Alternate History the novel is set in are alluded to, but not actually described. Some of the little tidbits that can be pieced together from hints that appear: A major war was fought between the United States and Cuba, and appears to have been this world's equivalent to The Vietnam War.

Since almost everyone in Sitka yiddish policemen s union Jewish, the slur "yid" has become commonplace. Willie Dick, though a gentile, is also granted privileges due to growing up with Berko.

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Alaska in November Only Sane Yiddish policemen s union Naomi was this for the Landsman family; Bina also qualifies. A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor.

Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous yiddish policemen s union issues resulting.

Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that yiddish policemen s union unopened in his father's possessions, meaning his father never actually read it and Landsman actually had nothing to do with it.

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Reconstructs traditional Film Noir and Hardboiled Detective stories by giving it a fresh setting — an Alternate History version of America where a thriving Yiddish culture exists on the Alaskan frontier.

Bina's purse full of random yiddish policemen s union. Mendel Shpilman is a male example. Landsman thinks that Yiddish is for talking to people, and that Hebrew is for talking to God.

In one scene, Berko's son watches an unnamed Yiddish-dubbed cartoon that's clearly meant to be Dragon Tales.