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No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 27, 2011
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A complete waste of time. I gave it two stars because of the obvious care with which the author constructed his prose, but in the end the writing did not save this book. Not even close.
After one last straw, Frank is on an odyssey to seek the underbelly of human sexuality. To discover deviant behavior and find what floats his boat.
In No More Mr. Nice Guy, you discover that often what you really want, is not what you really want. A humorous peek into the intriguing world of one man's desires and discovers that he really never needed to venture farther from his own bed room.
If your idea of a good time is reading about a raging misogynist's sexual career, here you go. This is the book for you.
I thought for a minute there was potential. The author is inclined to make observations and commentary, and I tend to like that kind of thing. However, that turned out to be a point against him the more I got to know the protagonist. The observations and commentary continued, yes; only each word of it added to the repulsion I'd begun to feel towards this Frank Ritz person. If the main character had remained inscrutable I'd still have hated him, but hated him less.
Having said that... The worst crimes of this novel, over and above everything, are being boring, repetitive, and without focus (well, besides the general theme of SEX). It seemed to me like the dude who wrote it had a beginning and an end in mind, with no clear plans for the middle. He just sent his protagonist out wandering and made it up as he went. There are times-- rare times-- when an author does that and it works out perfectly. This wasn't one of them-- if indeed that is how the book was written. If not, good job making it seem that way.
Unfortunately the novel has something of an identity crisis itself. It goes in too many directions for there to be any meaningful development of any single theme. Are we concerned with Frank's age, his sexual identity, his attitude towards women, his unfulfilling career? Or is this about society in general, sexual hangups, women's attitudes towards men, towards themselves? There are some interesting observations on all of these topics--in between the raunchy sex scenes--but if and how Frank develops as a character is just as puzzling as what the title, "No More Mr. Nice Guy," has to do with anything in the story.
Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question is an excellent and thoughtful novel. Its success has evidently led to the wider release of Jacobson's earlier works. No More Mr. Nice Guy in no way measures up. Readers who like Philip Roth will be on familiar ground with Frank Ritz's sexual anxieties, but it's an unconvincing, unfunny novel that just doesn't say much.
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