The Mighty Walzer



From The Beginning Oliver Walzer Is A Natural At Ping Pong Even With His Improvised Bat The Collins Classic Edition OfDr Jekyll And Mr Hyde He Can Chop, Flick, Half Volley Like A Champion At Sex He Is Not So Adept, But With Tuition From Sheeny Waxman, Fellow Member Of The Akiva Social Club Table Tennis Team And Stalwart Of The Kardomah Coffee Bar, His Game Improves.Winner Of The 2010 Man Booker Prize.The Mighty Walzer

Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, England, and educated at Cambridge His many novels include The Mighty Walzerwinner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize , Who s Sorry Nowand Kalooki Nights both longlisted for the Man Booker Prize , and, most recently, The Act of Love Jacobson is also a respected critic and broadcaster, and writes a weekly column for the Independent He lives in Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, England, and educated at Cambridge His many novels include The Mighty Walzerwinner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize , Who s Sorry Nowand Kalooki Nights both longlisted for the Man Booker Prize , and, most recently, The Act of Love Jacobson is also a respected critic and broadcaster, and writes a weekly column for the Independent He lives in London.Profile of Howard Jacobson inThe New York Times. The book s appeal to Jewish readers is obvious, but like all great Jewish art the paintings of Marc Chagall, the books of Saul Bellow, the films of Woody Allen it is Jacobson s use of the Jewish experience to explain the greater human one that sets it apart Who among us is so certain of our identity Who hasn t been asked, What s your background and hesitated, even for a split second, to answer their inquisitor Howard Jacobson s The Finkler Question forces us to ask that of ourselves, and that s why it s a must read, no matter what your background David Sax, NPR

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Mighty Walzer
  • Howard Jacobson
  • English
  • 09 May 2018
  • 0099274728

10 thoughts on “The Mighty Walzer

  1. says:

    This is a rollicking great novel brilliantly written and deserves a really great review not just one sentence Northern British Jews without much money trying to make it big in the world and succeeding in very small ways.

  2. says:

    I received The Mighty Walzer for early review and had a tough time getting into it It was well written, but just didn t capture my attention I was having flashbacks to all the novels I was assigned to read for English Literature critical analysis class You know, the ones that are shining examples of literature, grammar, sentence structure, tone, era, voice but some how manage to be the most boring books on the planet Yes, I could write a term paper on the book and can appreciate its literar I received The Mighty Walzer for early review and had a tough time getting into it It was well written, but just didn t capture my attention I was having flashbacks to all t...

  3. says:

    The Mighty Walzer is a book about love, sex, and ping pong in Manchester written with Jacobson s witty wordplay, wry humour, and abundant energy An excellent, funny, engaging book I would recommend this to fans of early Philip Roth, some of John Irving, Peter Carey, or Gary Shteyngart Well worth a read especially if you liked any of his other work I would also recommend Kalooki Nights, and of course Booker winning The Finkler Question which, despite all the hullabaloo is not really a comic The Mighty Walzer is a book about love, sex, and ping pong in Manchester written with Jacobson s witty wordplay, wry humour, and abundant energy An excellent, funny, engaging book I would recommend this to fans ...

  4. says:

    Howard Jacobson is a very funny man a British man who is Jewish, or vice versa, I suppose He has written this delightful, yet poignant, coming of age novel featuring Oliver Walzer as the protagonist and the narrator The Mighty Walzer is a nickname Oliver Walzer deprecatingly gives himself as he looks at his life from the far end of the experience He begins with a laugh outloud funny description of his paren...

  5. says:

    BABTNever fancied this author for some reason however R4 is flinging us this so I ll give it a go.BBC blurb From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion.At sex he is not so natural, being shy and frightened of women But with tuition from...

  6. says:

    This was different than I thought When I described this book to my husband, he said I feel like you ve been looking your whole life for this book, like it was made for you And I had to agree It was like the nerdy anthem that could become my theme song, a book devoted exclusively to ping pong I even dug through my library edition bookmarks collection to find the very nerdiest bookmark I owned to use while I read this book And then it turned out beof a coming of age story with ping po This was different than I thought When I described this book to my husband, he said I feel like you ve been looking your whole life for this book, li...

  7. says:

    If you just told me what this book was about, I m not sure I would have thought that I was going to like it as much as I did After all, at this point I m pretty tired of coming of age stories And, I know exactly zilch about ping pong, and have exactly negative desire to learn Nevertheless, I loved this book Loved it I laughed out loud, not on every page, but often enough In fact, i am still laughing when I think of a few of the things in it that cracked me up Yet, the end almost made me c If you just told me what this book was about, I m not sure I would have thought that I was going to like it as much as I did After all, at this point I m pretty tired of coming of age stories And, I know exactly zilch about ping pong, and h...

  8. says:

    Coming of age story of Oliver Walzer, descended from Jews who emigrated from Poland to Manchester and who eked out a living by their wits Oliver is shy as a young boy and comes out of his shell by becoming a ping pong player extraordinaire and befriending his teammates who teach him of life Narrated by Oliver who seems to always thwart himself, the bright star that refuses to shine in fact insures that it won t shine the story is laced wit...

  9. says:

    Really good, and the most superb ping pong novel that I have ever read Better than _Finkler_ but not as good as _Kalooki_, on the Jacobsen meter.

  10. says:

    Sad fun in ManchesterYiddish sensibility soaks every page of this book It s sad,funny, grandiose, and humble pretty much all at once It s a perfect partner for the author s Kalooki Nights If you still remember how Philip Roth made you...

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