Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It
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 JacobsonUser 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 JacobsonUser 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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Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It: The Best of Howard Jacobson
No preview available - 2012