Point of Contact: "The Finkler Question" by Howard Jacobson

Friday, 29 Apr 2011

At first glance, the novel The Finkler Question has almost nothing to do with the Reformation, original or modern. The only slight connection is the rather incidental remark that the Jews were thrown out of England in 1290 and welcomed back in 1655 (179). The discerning reader of Modern Reformation will know that in 1655 England was governed by the Puritan Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector, but the novel does not mention or reflect in any way on Cromwell's policy of religious toleration. Nonetheless the novel deserves attention. In 2010, it was the winner of the prestigious Man Booker ...

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