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on 2 October 2012
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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on 25 July 2004
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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on 28 February 2011
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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on 21 October 2013
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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on 25 May 2004
Gritty, funny and full of warmth. This is by far Mr Jacobson's best novel. Perfect for taking on holiday - really entertaining, grown up and perceptive.
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on 11 July 2006
I have read several of Howard Jacobson's books in the past and really enjoyed his humour and language.

I picked this book up several times to try to read it - a page turner it is not.

I had no real empathy for the main character, Henry Nagel, and never really warmed to him. Not that he was bad or evil just unsympathetic. Every few fages I would get fed up with his self-pity and put it down... I struggled with it.

Perhaps I'm not old enough yet to feel empathy with a 60 year-old underachiever. I rarely grinned, never mind laugh out loud as I have with his other books.

As for the plot! Coincidences pepper the plot in an attempt to increase Henry's comic confusion - does not help the reader. Moira falling for him... I think HJ is having a bit of wish fulfilment here.

Sorry HJ, maybe I'll get the joke later!
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