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Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It: The Best of Howard Jacobson
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
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I like Jacobson as a novelist but as a journalist he dials it in - the book doesn't do him any great service and the fact that editors don't even contextualize what some of the articles are about (for non UK audiences) does it even less.

It's a cut and paste book of cut and paste thinking - definitely not worth the time or the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2014
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A fine and unusual collection of short essays (reproduced from his newspaper articles) that I find entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking. He writes very well - which is increasingly rare.
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on April 11, 2015
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A compendium of Jacobson's columns and opinion pieces from various sources, covering his thoughts and musings on various subjects over a period of time. Some a bit dated, most timeless, and all thought-provoking, often witty and a pleasure to read.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
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One piece is titled 'If it's 'readable' don't read it' and this book, like his others, goes way beyond mere readability. However, given how much Bloomsbury must have made out of the Booker win they do a disservice to Mr Jacobson with this book. There's no contents list and there are no dates, though the columns were written over a 13 year period. Worst of all they leave out the column which is a distillation of everything that's distinctive and wonderful about his writing - just look at the Independent 18 Nov 2006.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
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I am enjoying having this collection on my kindle. If I need a light short read while
I wait somewhere, or before sleep, these little essays bring a smile to me. I would recommend this to anyone who likes his other books.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Short articles are perfect for bedside reading; and air travel.

I laugh out loud. I love his kinky humour...'twas on the good ship Venus' at his father in law's funeral... and the tight way he writes. The variety is remarkable as well so I read about the clothes he buys in Soho and the food from Fortnum's.

It's fun.

In Sydney he said the human mind is made for stories; go Howard.
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