Books by Howard Jacobson

LIVE A LITTLE by Howard Jacobson
Released: Sept. 10, 2019

"Wise, witty, and deftly crafted."
Memories—elusive, shattered, or tormenting—are central to a tender story of unlikely love. Read full book review >
THE DOG'S LAST WALK by Howard Jacobson
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delightful and argute collection from a talented stylist."
A collection of mini-essays from one of England's finest writers. Read full book review >
SHYLOCK IS MY NAME by Howard Jacobson
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The book is also full of the facile asides and riffs for which Jacobson has been praised and spanked—comic patter that pales amid the fine, thoughtful talk when his two heroes hold forth in this uneven effort."
A novelization of The Merchant of Venice set in contemporary England touches on foreskins, art collectors, athletes, and troublesome daughters.Read full book review >
J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF OZ by Howard Jacobson
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Witty, at times self-deprecating, and always shrewdly observant, Jacobson offers a wry, revealing portrait of a land and its people."
A sharp-eyed British traveler recalls his greatest adventure. Read full book review >
WHO'S SORRY NOW? by Howard Jacobson
Released: July 23, 2013

"Jacobson is often likened to Philip Roth, but there's plenty of Isaac Bashevis Singer in his somewhat weary understanding of the human condition. Fans won't be disappointed."
Another middle-age-angst-meets-sex-romp comedy from Jacobson (Man Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), that great chronicler of modern rakery. Read full book review >
ZOO TIME by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Guy's not a lucky guy, to be sure, but if there's justice, Jacobson will enjoy best-sellerdom in his place with this latest romp."
Bad-boy funnyman Jacobson waxes pensive and topical—but no less mirthful—in his latest assault on the foibles of modern life. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Rich and flavorful—best ingested in small amounts so the savory pleasures linger."
The 2010 winner of the Man Booker Prize serves up selections from his columns at the Independent. Read full book review >
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A lovely, lively novel for all its sometimes bitter view of the war between the sexes; impeccably written, and without a false note."
Man Booker Prize winner Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.) delivers a cross-the-pond rejoinder to Philip Roth in this entertaining, sexually laden picaresque. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY WALZER by Howard Jacobson
Released: March 29, 2011

"A delight from start to finish, and a note-perfect evocation of the gray 1950s."
An entertaining Jewish picaresque novel, following on Jacobson's Man Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question (2010). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"At turns a romp and a disquisition worthy of Maimonides; elegantly written throughout, and with plenty of punchlines too."
Elegiac—but also humorous—meditation on life's big questions: life, death, the nature of justice, whether to sleep with a German. The book won the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >
THE ACT OF LOVE by Howard Jacobson
Released: March 1, 2009

"A robust novel—preposterous, disturbing and dazzlingly written."
A novel of sexual obsession and a little bit of guilt (but not much), from the London-based author of Kalooki Nights (2007), long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >
KALOOKI NIGHTS by Howard Jacobson
Released: April 3, 2007

"Jacobson's account of a life of 'jokes, Jews, bitterness, and whys' is clever, celebratory, condemnatory, excessive, overwhelming and unique."
A scorching disquisition on (British) Jewish identity, spun from an unspeakable criminal act. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF HENRY by Howard Jacobson
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Unproductive navel-gazing."
Jacobson's turgid eighth outing tells you more than you ever wanted to know about the life of a retired university lecturer. Read full book review >
THE VERY MODEL OF A MAN by Howard Jacobson
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

A smug novel that aspires to rip the lid off religious convention and conviction. Jacobson (Roots Schmoots, 1994, etc.) tackles the Hebrew Scriptures in this new effort. Narrated by Cain, the first murderer and the founder of the first city, the life led by Adam and his family is far different than that portrayed by the pious chroniclers of the Bible. Though the group has already been expelled from Eden, creation is far from complete. The Earth still vibrates with the energy of formation, and to even stamp one's foot is to set in motion a chain of reactions that could lead to some bizarre new species. And there is plenty of reason to stamp one's foot. The omnipresent deity is getting on humanity's nerves, and any attempt to discuss the matter leads to divine punishment because God is decidedly thin-skinned. Adam abuses Cain because the boy is the only thing in the world that he's not afraid of. To top things off, the new baby, Abel, is getting all of Eve's attention, leaving Cain feeling deprived. The boy vows that, even though he loves his brother, he will nonetheless kill him. The novel bounces back and forth between this story and Babel, where an aged Cain is telling his tale in a kind of one-man show for the amusement of the cynical citizenry, who crave entertainment and lack both a theology and a sense of humor. Also related are the stories of the Exodus and of Korah, a cousin of Moses and Aaron who led a rebellion against their leadership and authority. Lurking at the edges of it all is the mysterious Sisobk the Scryer, a member of a Cainite cult that has grown up around the fratricide. Condescension and anachronisms mar what comes across as second-rate Joseph Heller or Philip Roth. Jacobson looks into faith and sees only dark corners. Read full book review >
ROOTS SCHMOOTS by Howard Jacobson
Released: Jan. 21, 1994

"Despite some nice miniatures, a snide, rather pointless, lazy book."
In his fiction (Redback, 1987; Peeping Tom, 1985, etc.) and now with this travelogue/sociologue/personalogue about his semi-Jewishness, Jacobson seems fated never quite to cast off the perception of him as a Philip Roth wannabe perpetually one step behind (both in talent and intellectual plasticity) his American master. Read full book review >