I was concerned about that after reading the first chapter, and got a couple
of Yiddish references from the library before continuing. But in the event
I didn't use them much and I don't think they were really necessary.
Chabon seems to be big on confluences of Jewishness and popular fiction.
His highly entertaining subsequent book "Gentlemen of the Road" features two
medieval swordsmen, one of them an Ethiopian Jew, the other a European, and
is reminiscent of the Fritz Leiber Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories.
Chabon notes in an afterword that his working title was "Jews With Swords."
On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 9:11 PM, Jonathan Bravard <email@example.com>
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 8:50 PM, Stephen Burridge <
> firstname.lastname@example.org <stephen.burridge%40gmail.com>> wrote:
> > "Yiddish Policeman's Union" really is excellent. I don't know anything
> > about the other two.
> I second that recommendation of the Yiddish Policeman's Union, but be
> that not knowing Yiddish
> may take away some of your enjoyment. I got the feeling I missed something
> because of that, mind you I still enjoyed
> the book and recommend it.
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