Book of the Week

J by Howard Jacobson. Photo: PA Photo/Jonathan Cape
J by Howard Jacobson. Photo: PA Photo/Jonathan Cape

J by Howard Jacobson

In J, it feels as though Jacobson is taking the same turn as Pinter did in his later works.

Unlike his playful, satirical novels, J is a love story set in a dystopian society, where collective memory has been manipulated.

Kevern doesn’t know why his father would always draw two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with J and Ailinn has grown up in the dark, not knowing who she is or where she came from. Yet, they’re now finding solace in each others’ arms.You can’t help feeling that this is an important book.

A novel worthy of its status as Booker long-listee.