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"Outlandish, fueled by rage, very much like a brilliant comic stand-up routine… a comic novel of ideas." – The New York Times Book Review
“Howard Jacobson's prose is hilarious…this literary novel about the death of the literary novel sounds comedy's depths of sorrow.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Just because most of us don’t fantasize continuously about ditching our wives for our mothers-in-law doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent premise for a novel. …entertaining — and biting — to the final twist.” – The Forward
“[A]wickedly funny satire of publishing…It is always a joy to read Jacobson’s prose, whose beguilingly casual tone belies its meticulous construction. This newest work confirms yet again his singular ability to weave comedy, sex, ideas, and deep insight into irresistible storytelling.” – Jewish Book World
Going back and reading the left hand pages told me about what I had missed.
Oddly enough, although it was clearly a satire, I would never have pigeonholed Jacobson as a comic writer, which is how he is touted here.
It seems likely that this explains the weak, meandering plot and maddeningly self-obsessed characters of ZOO TIME.
A good read, but essentially, you feel there is something missing.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
British writers are supremely accomplished at creating characters who are appalling and unsympathetic, yet so compelling that you keep reading their narratives. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pop Bop
The ongoing conundrum for the reader of this highly postmodern, self-reflexive, and meta-textual novel is whether to love it or hate it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sally Howes
I too bought this on the writer's previous work which l had read. Do not buy this book.I rather deal with writer's block than suffer this book.Published 18 months ago by Reader in the Caribbean
This is the first novel I've read by Howard Jacobson -- a number of writers and critics say he's extremely funny, and I'll have to agree. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard LeComte
I really forced myself to keep reading this book. I'd read the accolades for his other books and kept hoping it would get better. It's boring. It's tiring. It's contrived. Read morePublished 20 months ago by The Lens
The cover of this book has a reviwer claiming not to know a funnier writer alive. I think the reviewer must live a pretty grim reading life -- I don't think I got so much as a wry... Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Williams
WHAT? I wanted to read this book, I love the monkeys on the cover. But monkeys in the book? No such thing! Much more than that! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tonya Speelman
The main character is a writer who writes novels about writers. When he's not doing that, he's complaining about the book industry or shagging his mother-in-law. Read morePublished 21 months ago by brian d foy