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The Making Of Henry Hardcover – 3 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition, First Impression edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224073524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224073523
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), the highly acclaimed The Act of Love and, most recently, the Man Booker Prize 2010-winning The Finkler Question. Howard Jacobson lives in London.

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...not just entertaining but often gloriously, edifyingly funny... -- Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

...terrific novel, full of pert observations and salty insights into the ageing process - not just Henry's, but the world's -- William Leith, Evening Standard

By page 16 I was laughing out loud - and I kept laughing until the end -- Andrew Crumey, Scotland on Sunday

It's masterly writing... As always, it’s powerful, bang to rights, monstrously funny -- Michael Bywater, Independent

Jacobson’s writing is as luscious and funny as ever…you’re never far from comic brilliance -- Will Cohu, The Daily Telegraph

The writing is stuffed with brilliant hilarity and affectionate, suffer-thy-family Jewishness. -- Sandra Howard, The Spectator

This is a beautifully rounded portrait of a man gazing into the prism of the past... -- Gerald Jacobs, The Sunday Telegraph

This is a terrific novel, full of pert observations and salty insights into the ageing process... -- William Leith, Evening Standard

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Howard Jacobson is acclaimed as our greatest and most underrated novelist. He has just written his masterpiece. (2003-12-08)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By The Fisher Price King on 25 July 2004
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If you like books with a plot, this isn't for you. What Jacobson does is observation, rich human comedy, a rather twisted take on relationships, and a keen sense of the convoluted politics of family. He's a mordant, original writer whose darker edge may not be to everyone's taste. He creates great characters, and in some ways resembles Philip Roth. All in all this isn't his best book (Who's Sorry Now? is better, for instance), but it's very well written and shows a real thoughtfulness - quite lightly worn - about what it is to be a man. That may sound pretentious; if it does, Jacobson probably isn't for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 2 Oct. 2012
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Howard Jacobson knows how to grab and keep the interest of the reader. Henry, a pillar of correctness and rectitude tries hard to keep up to date in today's society but finds it difficult to fit the modern woman into his life which appears to be lived on the outskirts; although at the end it is a modern woman who makes Henry.

His family background makes one wish to read more about the mother, aunts and grandmother as well as his pyromaniac father.

A gentle story with undertones of the menace often found in trying to life a simple life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Altman on 28 Feb. 2011
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just to register that i found this a wonderful book. with laugh-out-loud and great poignancy, and all in between, between two covers. brilliantly, engagingly, incisively, insightfully, honestly, searingly, wittily, humourously, entertainingly written, jacobson starts with a 60 year old man and tells his ongoing tale interspersed with unpacking the russian dolls of a full life contained within the exterior of that old man you just saw walking by.
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I am a huge Jacobson fan and keenly await his next book. After a while the themes tend to converge and make male readers squirm a little, but perhaps that's the attraction.
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