Zoo Time ENHANCED EDITION: Includes additional content

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 16, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful red-head, contrary, highly strung and blazingly angry. The trouble is, he is no less in thrall to her alluring mother, Poppy. More like sisters than mother and daughter, they come as a pair, a blistering presence that destroys Guy's peace of mind, suggesting the wildest stories but making it impossible for him to concentrate long enough to write any of them.

Not that anyone reads Guy anyway. Not that anyone is reading anything. Reading, Guy fears, is finished. His publisher, fearing the same, has committed suicide. His agent, like all agents, is in hiding. Vanessa, in the meantime, is writing a novel of her own. Guy doesn't expect her to finish it, or even start it, but he dreads the consequences if she does.

In flight from personal disappointment and universal despair, Guy wonders if it's time to take his love for Poppy to another level. Fiction might be dead, but desire isn't. And out of that desire he imagines squeezing one more great book.

By turns angry, elegiac, and rude, Zoo Time is a novel about love-love of women, love of literature, love of laughter. It shows our funniest writer at his brilliant best.
 

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User Review  - polarbear123 - LibraryThing

Jacobson delivers again with a fun romp around Cheshire and London poking fun at the literary world and modern living in general. Misogynistic? Perhaps, hilarious? Definitely. Read full review

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User Review  - Micalhut - LibraryThing

Howard Jacobson writes a novel about a writer who is writing a book about a writer in current day London. The protagonist in both books is utterly unlikable in every aspect except that he makes acute ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
16
Section 4
23
Section 5
31
Section 6
43
Section 7
54
Section 8
65
Section 15
156
Section 16
163
Section 17
173
Section 18
196
Section 19
237
Section 20
241
Section 21
246
Section 22
273

Section 9
72
Section 10
79
Section 11
94
Section 12
111
Section 13
126
Section 14
146
Section 23
284
Section 24
295
Section 25
361
Section 26
373
Section 27
376
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About the author (2012)

An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson is the acclaimed author of The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), No More Mr. Nice Guy, The Act of Love, and, most recently, the Man Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question. He lives in London.

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