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May 03, 2007



This is fascinating stuff. I see so many parallels between Japanese America and Jewish America. It all goes back to diaspora, I guess, both forced and voluntary.

the happy booker

Sarah, wonderful commentary. This type of post is what litblogs are all about. Thank you for the thoughtful and well-researched post.


You end your wonderful essay by saying that YPU could have been a magnificent opus. What, specifically, is missing in the novel that keeps it from being magnificent?

I love it for the same reason most of us do: the creative, nostalgic, loving creation of a Yiddishland in the north, instead of the assimilationist miasma we live in today in a secular America -- or a radically bifurcated Israel.

In any case, it's a great novel to me, but I'm curious what keeps you from thinking so. Why do you think Chabon's Yiddishland falls apart upon close examination? It seemed pretty thorough and tight to me, but I only know a smattering of Yiddish words.

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