Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize aJ is a snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobsonas triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris.a aIndependent (UK) Man Booker Prizeawinner Howard Jacobsonas brilliant and profound new novel, J, ainvites comparison with George Orwellas 1984 and Aldous Huxleyas Brave New Worlda (Sunday Times, London). Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying. Kevern Cohen doesnat know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasnat then, and isnat now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinnas guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pairas actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them togetherawhatever the cost. In this stunning, evocative, and terribly heartbreaking work, where one coupleas love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.
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