Jake Richardson, an Oxford don nearing sixty with a lifetime's lechery behind him, is in pursuit of his lost libido and heads off to the consulting room of a miniature sex therapist. Not one to disobey a doctor's orders, he runs the full humiliating gamut of sex labs and trendy 'workshops', where more than souls are bared. He decks himself with cunning gadgetry, dreams up a weekly fantasy, pets diligently with his overweight wife and browses listlessly through porn magazines behind locked doors. Is sex really worth it? As liberationists abuse him, a campus hostess bores him into bed - and even his own wife starts acting oddly - Jake seriously begins to wonder.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wirkman - LibraryThing
I read this soon after it came out. Loved it - it was one of my favorite Amis novels. On the first page you come across a typically Amis touch: "disliking your GP was a good insurance against getting dependent on him." Now, to re-read, after 30 or more years. Read full review
JAKE'S THINGUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A savage, often unfunny and unfocused adieu to sex—at least as it's practiced in the "permissive society." Jake is a 59-year-old Oxford don (ancient Mediterranean history), and his "thing" is his ... Read full review