Search Results: "Mark Jacobson"


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EVERYONE AND NO ONE by Mark Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Jacobson's one-note humor wears thin very quickly, and his ad- hoc metaphysics simply annoy."
Journalist and novelist Jacobson (Gorijo, 1991) again ventures into Tom Robbins's territory for a seriocomic fiction that purports to be a profound commentary on America's obsession with appearance, tricked up with all sorts of anthro-religious jive. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Personal, savvy journalism that will make readers stop in their tracks and ponder. Provocation, in a word, and Jacobson will trade you slap for slap."
Jazzy, under-the-skin forays into all manner of New York City life, from journalist Jacobson (12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A well-executed, original reflection on how social evil tends to endure, puzzle and resist efforts at redemption."
A provocative exploration of one of the "Nazi ‘human skin atrocities' "—a lampshade supposedly made of human skin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Best left on the shelf."
A Brooklyn-based journalist and novelist (Everyone and No One, 1997, etc.) takes his family on an exceptionally tedious global adventure. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTED by Alan Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Jacobson rounds up the usual stick figures for yet another soapy suspenser."
In this wearisome thriller by the author of False Accusations (1999), the pivotal plot device is (brace yourself) amnesia. Read full book review >

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ZOO TIME by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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ROOTS SCHMOOTS by Howard Jacobson
NON-FICTION
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 >

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THE FINKLER QUESTION by Howard Jacobson
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 >

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THE VERY MODEL OF A MAN by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Jacobson looks into faith and sees only dark corners."
A smug novel that aspires to rip the lid off religious convention and conviction. Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF OZ by Howard Jacobson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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SHYLOCK IS MY NAME by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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THE MIGHTY WALZER by Howard Jacobson
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >