The Finkler Question: A Novel
"He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one..."
Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor's grand, central London apartment.
It's a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you had less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends' losses.
And it's that very evening, at exactly 11:30pm, as Treslove hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country as he walks home, that he is attacked. After this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change.
The Finkler Question is a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, aging, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jayne_charles - LibraryThing
The comments on the cover of this book describing it as "seriously funny" misled me a bit. It is funny - but the humour is gentle and understated, and the sort that you chuckle at in an intellectual ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PaulBaldowski - LibraryThing
I'm somewhat lost for words to describe this book. I do not know what I taken away from reading it. I know I now have doubts about the validity of book awards in respect of representing any ... Read full review