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 - jack2410 - LibraryThing
• For awhile in the beginning, I wasn't sure where this story was going. I'm very glad I kept reading. I laughed aloud, occasionally; but mostly I saw it as a serious book. I was reminded that no ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
Two-thirds of the way through, I'm ditching this one. I just can't get interested, I find the main character maddeningly self-absorbed, and I think his identity crisis is both dilettantish and utterly implausible. But other people love this book! So what do I know? Read full review