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Chabon novel spins dizzying tale of alternative history, and Alaska

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/chabon_novel_spins_dizzying_tale_of_alternative_history_and_alaska_20070518

Shysters chase ambulances; critics chase influences. How to characterize this Chandler-Babel stew? Let's try the Hollywood idiom. "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" is Woody Allen meets Cornel Woolrich. No, better, deeper: S.J. Perelman meets Y.L. Peretz meets Harry Turtledove. Martin Amis meets Stanley Elkin who is chatting with Sholom Aleichem about Jorge Luis Borges.

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