There’s no ignoring the fact that Gary Barwin’s Giller shortlisted novel Yiddish for Pirates has an intriguing name, but do the contents live up to the billing? Our Shadow Giller jury member Naomi seems to think so:
“Gary Barwin’s imagination knocked my socks off. History and adventure come together in this remarkable tale full of word play and wit, all told by a 500-year-old Yiddish-speaking parrot.”
Later she adds:
“Yiddish For Pirates is not a quick read, but every word is enjoyable. I giggled and smirked, felt anger and awe, and at the end of it all I shed a tear. I was sad to see Aaron [the parrot] go.”
To read Naomi’s review in full, please visit her blog, Consumed by Ink.