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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
“Anyone who appreciates strong, clever writing will find much to enjoy [in Zoo Time]. [Jacobson] is a confident, gifted writer who can make points with panache.” ―Houston Chronicle
“Funny and elegiac at once.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“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
An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson is the acclaimed author of The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), No More Mr. Nice Guy, The Act of Love, and, most recently, the Man Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question. He lives in London.
A good read, but essentially, you feel there is something missing.Published 14 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 18 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 on October 27, 2013 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 on August 18, 2013 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 on July 11, 2013 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 on June 26, 2013 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 on June 13, 2013 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 on May 19, 2013 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 on May 18, 2013 by brian d foy