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¿Gentlemen¿ Misses the Mark
Book Review<BR/>Gentlemen of the Road<BR/>Michael Chabon<BR/><BR/>Arthur L. Finkle<BR/><BR/>Michael Chabon is a superior new talent. His genius is to present Jewish topics through the brilliant lens of precisely crafted historical fiction, as amply demonstrated in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalaier and Clay" and "The Yiddish Policeman¿s Union.<BR/><BR/>In "Gentlemen," Chabon presents the Khazarian period (c 650 -1000) in which an Ethiopian, a Burgundian and Arabian - all adventuresome Jews - appear in a denouement in medieval Khazaria.<BR/><BR/>This novel misses the mark. There is no background of why Khararia¿s king converts to Judaism ans what type of culture eventuates.. There is no continuity of the Jewish community as represented by the Ethiopian, Burgundian and Arabian. <BR/><BR/>In his afterward, Chabon presents the premise that there were medieval Jews adventuring in the Crimean.. Such afterward should have been the forward, along with its excellent map representation of the area.. Further, because there are so many strangely transliterated words, there should also be an appendix.<BR/><BR/>I hope Mr. Chabon fleshes this book out to reflect the enormous variety and rich cultural experiences in Khazaria and other medieval Jewish communities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2011
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