Zoo Time (Paperback)
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Zoo Time (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 23/05/2013
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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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408831748

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It’s a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud so much. Jacobson’s clever, witty and destructive take on the state of ‘reading’ in today’s society kept me hooked, often wincing... More

Hardback edition
27th August 2012
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This book sounded promising and Howard Jacobson has good previous form. However, I found it difficult to get into Zoo Time, the writing is dense, particularly at the start. The concept of writing about a writer who is... More

Hardback edition
30th August 2012
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“Monkey business”

I really tried to like this book, it's prose are really well written. However, I found I disliked the characters, none of them were that appealing and all came across as selfish, and complained incessantly. The... More

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28th August 2012
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