(The Mighty Walzer) PDF KINDLE ¼ Howard Jacobson
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 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 with lots of Yiddish slang a good bit of it not for polite company Howard "Jacobson Is A Very Funny Man A " is a very funny man a 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 parents and both the maternal and paternal sides of the family Both sides have very definite physical and psychological characteristics His description of his dad as a young man is absolutely hilarious and allows him to illustrate the illusion of grandiosity that characterize the Walzer menIn Oliver s younger years his environment is dominated by females since his dad is away at war As a result he is incredibly withdrawn and uiet but as he grows a little older he unabashedly shares with hi The Mighty Walzer is a book about love sex and ping pong in Manchester written With Jacobson S Witty Wordplay Wry Humour Jacobson s witty wordplay wry humour abundant energy An excellent funny engaging book I would recommend this to wry humour abundant energy An excellent funny engaging book I would recommend this to 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 uestion which despite all the hullabaloo is not really a comic novel at all Jacobson just can t help being funny You should also see him read if you ever get the chance as brilliant and funny in person as he is on the pag. Waxman fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis Team and stalwart of the Kardomah coffee bar his game improves.
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ighty Good BookHoward Jacobson s superb comedy is a chronicle of Oliver Walzer is really a coming of age set comedy is a chronicle of Oliver Walzer is really a coming of age set Manchester England It is very Roth and very good You can see the amount of personal experience seeping through every character incident and settingThere is no uestion that along with the Finkler uestion this is one of Jacobson s finest books It leaves his gentle works behind because of the granular savagery of the stories and the language There is a lot of Yiddish in it so the reader will have to be prepared It is not remotely PC and all the welcome for that I would put this in the same place as Portnoy though not as good Jewball and Hope A Tragedy I love the ping pong scenes worth reading for themEnjoy 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 now 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 cry As a result because I am a sucker for the hilarious yet bittersweet I pretty much now have an immense unreuited crush on Howard Jacobson 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 be of a coming of age story with ping pong as a trope which is sonot a book about ping pong It was a good book very funny in parts but just wasn t the anthem I was hoping for And it was very very Jewish If you aren t very hip to Yiddish you are going to have a hard time wading through this book because it is stacked with Yiddish 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 at. From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr. T
ention I was having flashbacks to all the novels I was assigned to read for English Literature critical analysis class You now 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 literary worth but that doesn t mean I enjoyed it as a source of entertainment On the front cover it notes that fans of Phillip Roth will presumably "like this author s style I would agree Unfortunately Phillip Roth does "
this author s style I would agree Unfortunately Phillip Roth does excite me either There is some satire but unless you understand Yiddish and British slang this might make your eyes cross I think The Comedic Relief Was Lost Of Me comedic relief was lost of me to my limited understanding of the language I discovered I m just not that interested in reading pages about ping pong facts plays moves or strategies couple with rambling accounts of growing up Jewish in Manchester I did put the book down thinking that perhaps my mood would change on another day Maybe I just needed to be in a serious frame of mind to enjoy this read but after pushing through another hundred pages I was still rather bored and asleep 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 BABTNever fancied this author for some reason however R4 is flinging us this so I ll give it a goBBC 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 championAt sex he is not so natural being shy and frightened of women But with tuition from Sheeny Waxman fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team his game improves And while the Akiva boys teach him everything he needs to now about ping pong his father Joel Walzer teaches him everything there is to now about swag Unabashedly autobiographical this is a hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man s coming of age in 1950 s ManchesterHoward Jacobson won the Mann Booker in 2010 for The Finkler uestion but this is his masterpiecehmmm begone pure shiteProduced by Clive Brill A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4 This. 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. ,