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Zoo Time

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<p>Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010, is &quot;a master of stylish prose with a comic bent.&quot;—Booklist</p>

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Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010, is "a master of stylish prose with a comic bent."—Booklist

Novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful redhead, contrary, highly strung, and blazingly angry. The trouble is, he is no less in thrall to her alluring mother, Poppy. More like sisters than mother and daughter, they come as a pair, a blistering presence that destroys Guy's peace of mind, suggesting the wildest stories but making it impossible for him to concentrate long enough to write any of them. In flight from personal disappointment and universal despair, Guy wonders if it's time to take his love for Poppy to another level. Fiction might be dead, but desire isn't. And out of that desire he imagines squeezing one more great book. By turns angry, elegiac, and rude, Zoo Time is a novel about love-love of women, love of literature, love of laughter. It shows our funniest writer at his brilliant best.


Bloomsbury USA
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Howard Jacobson
Publication Date
October, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.22 x 5.94 x 1.03 Inches

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Howard Jacobson writes...

Howard Jacobson writes a novel about a writer who is writing a book about a writer in current day London. The protagonist in both books is utterly unlikable in every aspect except that he makes acute, hilarious and smack-dab smart observations about reading/readers, literature, art and the publishing world. He also hilariously hits nearly every single single self-absorbed narcissistic thought that every writer/artist has ever had about himself/herself and their craft, but wishes they hadn't, which makes reading it sometimes painful. Jacobson hilariously dives into the shadow of living as a writer. Not liking someone has never been so thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny. The ending is tremendously surprising and hopefully without adding a spoiler, the protagonist seems to (possibly) be growing as a feeling and ethical human being, or at least is considering it. It's dirty. Some say for the sake of being dirty, I say, it's essential to what he's trying to accomplish in exposing the underbelly of being an artist, because most art is highly self-absorbed, and his protagonist's literary heroes were overtly sexual males as well. It is splendidly twisted.

Jacobson delivers agai...

Jacobson delivers again with a fun romp around Cheshire and London poking fun at the literary world and modern living in general. Misogynistic? Perhaps, hilarious? Definitely.

I chose to read this b...

I chose to read this because I had just finished a very intense novel and needed something light and/or funny for a change of pace. This book is amusing at times, thoughtful at times, and narcissistic throughout. The story reminded me of what happens when you stand between two mirrors facing each other; your reflection inside itself into infinity. I understand that the narcissism of the main character was the vehicle for most of the humor. It just became very repetitive. I will definitely give this author another try in the hope of finding something that I get.

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