9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
more ping than pong - very funny,
This review is from: The Mighty Walzer (Paperback)
I must admit i did laugh out loud at some of the episodes in this, my first, Jacobson. He is a very clever writer and with the Jewish, post war, likely lad nostalgic humour this a bit like Philip Roth crossed with Woody Allen in an Only Fools and Horses setting. Jacobson is extremely funny in his mock philosophic analysis of table tennis and there are lots of little coming of age episodes to keep the reader amused along with the obligatory dysfunctional family, his street trader father, spinster aunts and classic jewish mother. There is poignancy too and the book, although over long, does move you to ponder profound questions but fundamentally it's the comic adventures of young Waltzer. Recommended.