Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 5, 2011 - Literary Collections - 368 pages
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It takes a particular kind of man to want an embroidered polo player astride his left nipple. Occasionally, when I am tired and emotional, or consumed with self-dislike, I try to imagine myself as someone else, a wearer of Yarmouth shirts and fleecy sweats, of windbreakers and rugged Tyler shorts, of baseball caps with polo players where the section of the brain that concerns itself with aesthetics is supposed to be. But the hour passes. Good men return from fighting Satan in the wilderness the stronger for their struggle, and so do I.

The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Howard Jacobson, brims with life in this collection of his most acclaimed journalism. From the unusual disposal of his father-in-law's ashes and the cultural wasteland of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the melancholy sensuality of Leonard Cohen and desolation of Wagner's tragedies, Jacobson writes with all the thunder and joy of a man possessed. Absurdity piles upon absurdity, and glorious sentences weave together to create a hilarious, heartbreaking and uniquely human collection. This book is not just a series of parts, but an irresistible, unputdownable sum which triumphantly out-Thurbers Thurber.

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Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It: The Best of Howard Jacobson

User Review  - Donna Marie Smith - Book Verdict

As a longtime columnist for the UK's The Independent, Jacobson (No More Mister Nice Guy) has no compunction in telling readers exactly what he thinks about any given subject, whether literature, the ... Read full review

WHATEVER IT IS, I DON'T LIKE IT: The Best of Howard Jacobson

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The 2010 winner of the Man Booker Prize serves up selections from his columns at the Independent.Although the essays are uniform in length, they range over a wide variety of Jacobson's (No More Mr ... Read full review

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An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), the highly acclaimed The Act of Love and, most recently, the Man Booker Prize 2010-winning The Finkler Question. Howard Jacobson lives in London.

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