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The Swag Man (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Howard Jacobson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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A hilarious and moving true story by Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson about the greatest “swag man” in the history of Manchester. A charming, brazen salesman of genius, Frankie Cohen rises from selling cheap gewgaws, known as swag, for Jacobson's father in the rough market streets of the Northern English city, to buying and selling some of the world's greatest artworks. Jacobson's tale of a poor Jewish kid who becomes a friend of Dukes and Duchesses is the story of a man who succeeds not by changing his accent or clothes, but by being himself regardless of where he is or who he is with—which Jacobson comes to understand is how a truly sophisticated man behaves. An unusually poignant memoir of Jewish life in Manchester, The Swag Man is also a funny, fantastical meditation on how we define ourselves, how our roots do and don't define us, and the pleasures and perils of assimilation in a modern multi-ethnic society.

Howard Jacobson is a novelist and critic. He is the author of, most recently, “Zoo Time,” and “The Finkler Question,” which won the 2010 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.

Tablet Magazine is a National Magazine Award-winning online publication covering Jewish life. Founded in 2009, it has become, in the words of New York Magazine, “a must-read for young politically and culturally engaged Jews”—one committed to political analysis and sophisticated cultural inquiry as well as fun. It can be found at www.tabletmag.com.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Tablet Magazine; 1 edition (25 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DNJ2ZEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Absolutely loved it.Laughed all the way thru.Its hilarious
Howard is so perceptive and such a gifted writer
Recommended it to everyone that came from that era + all those that didn't .
Wish it was produced in hardback as a short story,I would buy it by the hundreds and gift it to everyone I met,and sell it in The Clothes Shop!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Swag Man 1 July 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This kindle short is a memoir which takes us from market stalls in Northern England to Chatsworth. Howard Jacobson begins with memories of his father - a market stall holder who sold 'swag'; the only definition of which appears to be that it is both useless and badly made. Jacobson Senior was part sales patter and part entertainer, involved with shady deals and shoddy goods. Unwillingly, his son was often involved in helping with his sales pitch, although there were more willing (and possibly more useful) volunteers. Many years later, Howard meets up with one of those young men, who had worked alongside his father and became a well known and respected art collector. This is a short read, but full of memorable characters, especially the authors father and the irrepressible Frankie Cohen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! 13 July 2013
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I loved every minute of it, if there was a Booker Prize for short stories this would win hands down.Even though am in it .Howard's
eye for observation is to perfection.

Amazon should deliver this to every home in Manchester(Prestwich,Whitefield and Hale) and give Howard the proceeds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as described in the blurb 10 Aug 2013
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Very short story. Focused only briefly the life of the author's father as a 'swag man' then went off in another direction, describing one of the swag man's assistants and his life as an art collector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 19 Feb 2014
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Ok but rather boring and not very interesting. You won't miss anything by not reading it - not worth buying
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very brief, I just didn't get it. 27 Oct 2013
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Just not my "cup of tea", wouldn't recommend it. i just didn't get it. Wouldn't read this author again. hh
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5.0 out of 5 stars I remember 6 Aug 2013
By Lisa B
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This short book took me back to my childhood. Although I didn't visit Manchester, it was reminiscent of my many visits to London's Petticoat Lane and brought back great memories even though I didn't understand what was happening all of the time, everything falls into place now. A little gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this gentle read of an interesting time. 25 April 2014
By Simon A
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A nice read of a time long forgotten by some but is easily conjured up in mind by the Author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The swag man
I liked the history and the pace of the storyline,but it could have had at least two more chapters.
to round the lives of the main characters.
Published 4 months ago by bruce easson
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Crisp and amusing
Howard Jacobson's book 'The Swag Man' is a very short read. But every word is carefully thought out and I found the book touching in parts and carefully constructed.
Published 7 months ago by T. W. H. Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one of those short stories
Being both a Mancunian of origin and a man who was once a boy working with my father and late grandfather on the Oldham/Bolton markets this book brought back fun filled mindful... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan Posner
5.0 out of 5 stars the long and the short of it.
I love everything that Howard Jacobson writes so my comments are undoubtedly rosy-tinged. I came from the exact same background as Mr Jacobson in Cheetham Hill and Prestwich,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jack saltman
3.0 out of 5 stars What I thought
Interesting, since I once was living in the North Manchester area and recognised some of what I read. However, no lasting impression was made on me, I'm afraid.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Cave
5.0 out of 5 stars great storytelling
I enjoy reading most of Howards books but found this short story very good indeed........but how much of it was fact or fiction?
Harry M.Gamp
Published 9 months ago by harry m gamp
4.0 out of 5 stars The Swag Man
Howard Jacobson is a great writer and brings to life the background of the Jewish population in Manchester. I liked it.
Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Wilder
3.0 out of 5 stars Market research
I really liked the portion relating to the Manchester markets and scams and fun enjoyed by the segment and also their "edges". Read more
Published 9 months ago by Desmond O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really loved this short lively read, now I want Mr Jacobson to write more about his life and experiences.
Published 10 months ago by jl walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
I really thought it would be more amusing, but having said that, it is quite interesting about a bygone era.
Published 10 months ago by Bookworm
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