Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Fly By Night"

The blog has been gathering dust so apologies are due.

I went back to Iowa this weekend for a visit and to attend of a wedding. Saturday was a near perfect day for an outdoor wedding and the lakeside setting (Lake Macbride) was beautiful. I took some pictures but will have to wait to upload them. I had to leave around 4:30 Monday morning to make it back to Albuequerque so it was a very quick long weekend at home.

I finally finished reading The Ministry of Special Cases on the plane home and recommend it highly. I also started reading The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon on the plane and couldn't put it down until I finished it last night. Definitely a page turner. Both novels coincidentally deal with Jewish protagonists in tumultuous political times. Nathan Englander's is set in Argentina during the era of 'The Disappeared" while Chabon's is set in the present but in an alternate history version. In this version, the state of Israel collapsed in 1948 and the U.S. offered Sitka, Alaska as a refuge for Jews albeit only for 60 years. The book opens with the deadline for Reversion drawing near and a murder mystery centered around a down on his luck detective. This is Northern Exposure made large and a wonderful noir style narrative. Chabon is at his inventive best.

Next up is Murakami's After Dark which I bought yesterday.


Churlita said...

Did you go to the Chabon reading? He did a great job, but I still haven't read the book - so many excuses, so little time.

Dexter said...

No I missed it. K. mentioned it was good...