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Howard Jacobson (1) (1942–)

Autor(a) de The Finkler Question

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About the Author

Howard Jacobson was born on August 25, 1942 in Manchester, England. He is a Man Booker Prize-winning British author and journalist. He studied English at Downing College, Cambridge under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to England to teach at mostrar mais Selwyn College, Cambridge. His later teaching posts included a period at Wolverhampton Polytechnic from 1974 to 1980. His time at Wolverhampton was to form the basis of his first novel, Coming from Behind, a campus comedy about a failing polytechnic that plans to merge facilities with a local football club. He also wrote a travel book in 1987, titled In the Land of Oz, which was researched during his time as a visiting academic in Sydney. His fiction, particularly in the six novels he has published since 1998, is characterised chiefly by a discursive and humorous style. His 1999 novel The Mighty Walzer, about a teenage table tennis champion, won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing. In October 2010 Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Finkler Question, which was the first comic novel to win the prize since Kingsley Amis's The Old Devils in 1986. In 2013 he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title Whole Rethinking the Science of Nutrition which he co-authored with T. Colin Campbell. He will be at the Oz, New Zealand festival of literature and arts program in 2015 in London. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Howard Jacobson

The Finkler Question (2010) 2,707 cópias, 138 resenhas
J (2014) 553 cópias, 15 resenhas
Shylock Is My Name (2016) 503 cópias, 83 resenhas
Kalooki Nights (1999) 410 cópias, 8 resenhas
The Mighty Walzer (2000) 224 cópias, 24 resenhas
Zoo Time (2012) 185 cópias, 8 resenhas
Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews (1993) 144 cópias, 1 resenha
The Act of Love (2008) 140 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Making of Henry (2004) 134 cópias, 4 resenhas
Coming from Behind (1983) 131 cópias, 1 resenha
In the Land of Oz (1987) 125 cópias, 1 resenha
Peeping Tom (1984) 108 cópias
Live a Little: A Novel (2019) 107 cópias, 3 resenhas
No More Mr. Nice Guy (1999) 87 cópias, 20 resenhas

Associated Works

Granta 70: Australia - The New New World (2000) — Contribuinte — 166 cópias, 1 resenha
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias, 2 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum



2014 Booker Prize longlist: J em Booker Prize (Outubro 2014)


This book is pretty funny. Its a novel mainly about a long term friendship between 3 men and their interactions. Its also about one of them being attacked and called a Jew, and how this affects his sense of who he is. I don't remember a lot of the detail, but I did enjoy reading it.
AlisonSakai | outras 137 resenhas | Apr 16, 2024 |
A very intellectual and elegant re-imagining Merchant of Venice. In this version, the events we know from the play have occurred and Shylock finds himself in the home of a non-religious Jew Strukowotsky (or something like that, I forget how to spell it). Shylock is more or less a household name. However, events extremely like those of Shakespeare's play happen in this version and Shylock gets to comment on the why and how his story unfolded like it did, plus he gets to advise on how he might do it differently if he was faced with the situation again. There are lots of "line dropping" (lines from the play inserted into the novel) sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. The parallel characters all have similar names, so that makes the parallels easy. Plus, if you're Jewish, you'll probably get more out of the discussions about what it means to be a Jew or not, traditions or religions, than I did. I suspect this book is more intelligent than I could discern (mainly for the Judaism discussions), and it uses big words. The writing style is also a bit different, though I couldn't put my fingers on it. I really like this one, but its audience is definitely Shakespeare-lovers.… (mais)
LDVoorberg | outras 82 resenhas | Dec 24, 2023 |
A fairly simple premise: 3 friends- 2 Jewish, 1 gentile. 2 recently widowed, one never married. The gentile wants to be a Jew, one of the Jews is an antisemite. This is discussed, sometimes to an agonizing length, for 300 pages. Much of the writing and the deep intelligence presented here are very admirable, which is why it probably won the Booker Prize, but the never-ending angst and handwringing began to wear me down about halfway through and didn’t let up. That said, I am glad I finally read it and it can finally free up space on my shelf.… (mais)
msf59 | outras 137 resenhas | Aug 26, 2023 |
Very smart. Very, very smart. Just like the Jews.

OK, so that comment only makes sense after you've read the book, but it's funny and worth reading (the book, not the comment).
robfwalter | outras 137 resenhas | Jul 31, 2023 |



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