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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Howard Jacobson Wins the Man Booker Prize 2010

In a year of many fine novels, and against stiff competition in the short list, Howard Jacobson has won this year's Man Booker prize. Congratulations to him. The Finkler Question is a most worthy winner, a book that describes love, loss and the search for identity among a group of three friends. It also explores the Jewish identity in our time.

It has been called a comic novel, but in truth the book deals serious and sometimes tragic events, but frequently relieved by humour.

While writing the book, three of Jacobson's friends died, events which seem to have influenced his telling of the story. The book is dedicated to them, and the confluence of melancholy and humour is revealed in the dedication: "Who now will set the table on a roar?"