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The Mighty Walzer: A Novel Paperback – March 29, 2011
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A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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“Poignant, moving, hilarious . . . laugh-out-loud funny . . . the sort of book that might change your life.” ―Observer (UK)
“Jacobson is a great storyteller: phrases, anecdotes and atmosphere roll off the page with the ease and sublime, scary grace of drunken eels--he is unsurpassable.” ―The Times (UK)
“This mature novel has the sustained exuberance and passion of his youthful writing . . . an achingly funny book . . . an amazing achievement . . . There are few novelists today who can imbue the trifles of life with such poetry.” ―Independent (UK)
“Marvellous. Jacobson has not just written the first great novel about ping-pong. He has written one of the greatest sporting novels ever.” ―Sunday Telegraph (UK)
“[Jacobson's] humour is unashamedly savage and his jokes as sharp as a switch-blade . . . comic vitriol worthy of Evelyn Waugh.” ―Express on Sunday (UK)
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Top Customer Reviews
If shyness could kill, Oliver Walzer would never have reached puberty. That he did reach puberty, although he did not do a whole lot with the opportunities inherent to that stage of life, and go on to have a fairly "normal" life almost seems like an accident now, even to Oliver. The first accident was that he found a competition-grade Ping-Pong ball and brought it home with him one day. The second, was his discovery, by banging that ball off a wall with his hardbound copy of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that he was a Ping-Pong natural.
Ping-Pong, and his father's insistence that Oliver use his unusual skills to meet other players ( as a way of forcing him out of the house for his own good), would be Oliver's ticket to the rest of his life. Suddenly, he was among like-minded people who came to accept him as one of their own; he had teammates; he learned to at least talk a good game about women, even though he seldom practiced his skills in that arena; and he had a goal: to become a world champion Ping-Pong player. Well, that's the good news, because I'm making Oliver's transition to adulthood sound a whole lot easier than it was.
The odds were against Oliver from the start. Surrounded by a gaggle of sexually repressed aunts who loved to give him baths, it is little wonder that the little boy would himself be sexually confused.Read more ›
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Howard Jacobson is great. While he is describing Manchester of the 50's and 60's, I find it not very different to the New York where I grew up. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Hanan B
I found this book arresting and captivating. The author has the power of a poet to compel the reader to fill in the blanks and use his or her own life experiences to provide a... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Jude M. Ryan
Well written, thoroughly enjoyable book which kept me entertained all the way through. Wonderful humour throughout which makes you wish you knew the characters in person.Published on March 22, 2013 by Janet R
I have been trying to find a good contempory humour author, I took this on Amazon suggestions.
I am afraid it did not appeal and finally gave up about 3/4 way to the end. Read more
What a delight of a book..I can't stop myself from reading it aloud to my husband - such glorious prose! Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by judyinseattle
A coming of age story of a pathetically shy boy liberated by table tennis at the height of the depression. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by C. M. Godfrey
I gave this book three stars because I lost interest in some parts. I enjoyed the characters personal experiences and thoughts but often got bored during the excessive ping pong... Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by StaRNoiR