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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Aug. 23 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099472163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099472162
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,601,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are certain literary types that we think of as uniquely American. So, it is a surprise to find a Philip Roth protagonist living in England. Henry Nagle is a disgraced, middle-aged college lecturer. A pointless old feud has caused him to willfully destroy what was already a mediocre career. His Oedipal complex causes him to continue to argue with his dead father. It also causes him to date only married women. When Henry mysteriously inherits a luxury apartment, his whole life is called into question. Henry's new apartment comes with responsibilities to a quirky neighbor and a beautiful, divorced waitress. Henry's attempt to make peace with his parents and his life's failings is engaging, but less interesting are the late-in-the-book mysteries and revelations about his mother and aunt. Henry is not the most likable protagonist; however, his honesty and foibles make for a meaningful read. Marta Segal
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“Jacobson is among the most exhilarating of intelligent contemporary novelists.”
The Guardian

“Painful, funny and highly readable. Jacobson is at the top of his verbal form here”
The Evening Standard

“Page for page and sentence for sentence, it confirms Jacobson as, by some distance, the cleverest, funniest, sharpest writer we have”
The Sunday Telegraph

“A rich, unrepentantly funny novel, full of vim and vigour and bolshie cleverness. Its prose pulsates with fresh images”
The Observer

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5.0 out of 5 stars I especially enjoyed the scenes that took place in the present March 22 2016
By Ben Monaghan - Published on
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It took me awhile to orientate myself in this book not being familiar with Jacobson's work... The novel doesn't follow a linear time line. It weaves through the past and present as "Henry" reflects on his life. It is an honest reflection, brutally honest, but never wallows in self-pity or self-contempt. Just an honest straight forward appraisal that at times had me laughing out loud. I especially enjoyed the scenes that took place in the present, and the chapter where he walks a dog for twelve pages was some of the most memorable writing I have ever read. That alone was worth five stars. But it is an odd book like that. Some of the material is rather dull (however brilliantly written) and quickly read, other times... just the opposite - to be read over and over. I even found myself marking some the funnier material to read to friends. But the characters felt very real and honestly portrayed without ever being trite or overbearing. I am interested to read other works by him. Just trying to find the right one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never too late March 14 2011
By igoforth - Published on
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Howard Jacobson gives us another hilarious portrait of a difficult man, this one sixty-year-old Henry, neurotic, Jewish, alone, and waiting to die. (Are you laughing yet?) Jacobson is a genius, an irresistible story-teller whose sentences cry out to be shared, savored, cherished. The Making of Henry is, of all things, a romantic comedy, though its hero is about as unlikely a candidate for love and marriage as has ever been imagined for the genre. Jacobson always makes me glad to be in his company; in this book, for a change of pace, he also offers a happy ending.
4.0 out of 5 stars Personalities plus! July 22 2013
By Cornelia(CONNIE) MacErlean author of "Baggage" - Published on
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Of course I like this story because it shows me what all writers know or should know....what makes humans tick. The characters held my interest right to the end of the book. And any writing describing the psychology of the individuals through their actions makes an interesting story for me....Jacobson at his best.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Making of Henry Sept. 23 2012
By Trish - Published on
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Well, I love Hiward Jacobson so I enjoyed Henry. Can't help but feel some of it was autobiographical. Henry really is a flawed character, weak and lacking go but I found myself warming to him anyway!

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