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Touched at All Points

J by Howard Jacobson Jonathan Cape, 2014, 327 pages, $32.99 The word Jew does not appear once in Howard Jacobson’s latest novel. Reviewers have compared the book with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Huxley’s Brave New World, as a “dystopic” novel—presenting a Britain, after a cataclysm of sorts, which is now anything but a utopia. Nor, for a renowned comic writer, is there a single joke! The novel is a challenge for the reader. It is not for someone who wants a romantic story with a neat beginning, development and ending—perhaps with a twist. It is hard work, because, in avoiding…

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