History Literature / TheYiddishPolicemensUnion

1st Apr '16 7:15:57 PM vtarira
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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Murder is about the uppermost possible limit of a "minor" crime, but compared to [[spoiler:blowing up the al-Aqsa mosque, aka the current third-holiest site in Islam on the site of the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, as the first step of a plot to overthrow alternate-history Palestine]], it's not so bad after all. [[spoiler:It turns out it wasn't even the perpetrators of the plot who actually shot him, either; it was the victim (who was publicly thought to be a candidate for this generation's Messiah) trying to duck out of it via assisted suicide.]]



* TheNapoleon: Willie Dick, the 4'7" tall Tlinglit cop, [[BadassBiker rides a 2/3 scale motorcycle]] and is generally described in terms that qualify him as a {{Badass}} of tall-tale proportions. Berko even {{Lampshades}} this, calling Dick "the emperor of the French."

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* TheNapoleon: Willie Dick, the 4'7" tall Tlinglit Tlingit cop, [[BadassBiker rides a 2/3 scale motorcycle]] and is generally described in terms that qualify him as a {{Badass}} of tall-tale proportions. Berko even {{Lampshades}} this, calling Dick "the emperor of the French."
12th Dec '15 12:26:38 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StylisticSuck: Alter Litvak's written messages are light on punctuation and feature the occasional grammatical error, because they're hastily jotted down while in conversation.

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Alter Litvak's written messages are light on punctuation and feature the occasional grammatical error, because they're hastily jotted down while in conversation.conversation.
** Journalist Dennis Brennan's spoken dialogue verges on overly florid PurpleProse in places, because he's an American journalist who's learned to speak Yiddish without learning to speak it very well.
24th Oct '15 8:00:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Unusually for an AlternateHistory story the incumbent President of the United States is not named, nor is any description given. The reader is left to make up their own mind which conservative politician or Christian fundamentalist religious figure has risen to the top in this reality.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Unusually for an AlternateHistory story the incumbent President of the United States is not named, nor is any description given. The reader is left to make up their own mind which conservative politician or Christian fundamentalist religious figure has risen to the top in this reality.reality, if indeed it is someone we would recognise.
24th Oct '15 7:31:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ParentalAbandonment: A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor. Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous psychological issues resulting. [[spoiler: Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that letter unopened in his father's possessions, meaning he actually had nothing to do with it.]]

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* ParentalAbandonment: A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor. Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous psychological issues resulting. [[spoiler: Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that letter unopened in his father's possessions, meaning he his father never actually read it and Landsman actually had nothing to do with it.]]
24th Oct '15 7:29:22 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people.

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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could probably made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people. And those who couldn't, even if they weren't particularly dysfunctional before, certainly have reason to be now.
24th Oct '15 7:27:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people who were in touch with reality.

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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people who were in touch with reality.people.
24th Oct '15 7:26:50 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DysfunctionJunction: By the time the events of the novel, a considerable percentage of the remaining inhabitants of Sitka appear to be alcoholics or drug-addicts, religious fanatics, lunatics, messed-up loners and losers, suicidal death-seekers, the poor and desperate or some combination thereof. Possibly justified, as the novel takes place mere months before Sitka will no longer exist in it's current form and those who could made arrangements to be elsewhere long before it happened, which would presumably include most of the sane, well-adjusted people who were in touch with reality.


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* ParentalAbandonment: A lot of Landsman's issues with guilt, religion, cynicism and even chess can be traced back to the suicide of his father, a chess prodigy and Holocaust survivor. Since Landsman's father took his life the day after Landsman wrote him a letter begging him not to force Landsman to play chess, a game which Landsman hated but which was one of the few ways his father tried to connect with him, Landsman blamed himself as a child with numerous psychological issues resulting. [[spoiler: Ironically, as an adult Landsman would later find that letter unopened in his father's possessions, meaning he actually had nothing to do with it.]]
24th Oct '15 7:11:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NoodleIncident: A lot of the details of the AlternateHistory the novel is set in are alluded to, but not actually described.

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* NoodleIncident: A lot of the details of the AlternateHistory the novel is set in are alluded to, but not actually described. Some of the little tidbits that can be pieced together from hints that appear:
** The Soviet Union collapsed after a successful Nazi invasion, leading (eventually) to a Third Russian Republic.
** A major war was fought between the United States and Cuba, and appears to have been this world's equivalent to UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
** Creator/MarilynMonroe married President Kennedy (presumably [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]], although it's never actually stated) and became First Lady.
24th Oct '15 4:33:01 AM DoctorNemesis
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Landsman and Berko Shemets share plenty of snark but are clearly each other's best friend beyond being cousins. Played with regarding Berko and Willie Dick, who are described in terms of being mortal enemies who hate each other so much that they weirdly seem closer than most ''actual'' best friends.
19th Oct '15 5:36:55 PM DoctorNemesis
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: Mendal Shpilman]] may indeed be the coming of the Messiah, born with wondrous abilities to lead the Jewish people back to their promised land and bring in the new era. Or he may simply be a very charismatic and insightful individual about whom a lot of exaggerated stories by very desperate and very religious people have arisen.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: Mendal Shpilman]] may indeed be the coming of the Messiah, born with wondrous abilities to lead the Jewish people back to their promised land and bring in the new era. Or he may simply be a very charismatic and insightful individual about whom has arisen a lot of coincidences and exaggerated stories by very desperate and very religious people have arisen.eager to believe in any sign of salvation.
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