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Max Glickman, a Jewish cartoonist whose seminal work is a comic history titled Five Thousand Years of Bitterness, recalls his childhood in a British suburb in the 1950s. Growing up, Max is surrounded by Jews, each with an entirely different and outspoken view on what it means to be Jewish. His mother, incessantly preoccupied with a card game called Kalooki, only begrudgingly puts the deck away on the High Holy Days. Max's father, a failed boxer prone to spontaneous nosebleeds, is a self-proclaimed atheist and communist, unable to accept the God who has betrayed him so unequivocally in recent years.

But it is through his friend and neighbor Manny Washinsky that Max begins to understand the indelible effects of the Holocaust and to explore the intrinsic and paradoxical questions of a postwar Jewish identity. Manny, obsessed with the Holocaust and haunted by the allure of its legacy, commits a crime of nightmare proportion against his family and his faith. Years later, after his friend's release from prison, Max is inexorably drawn to uncover the motive behind the catastrophic act — the discovery of which leads to a startling revelation and a profound truth about religion and faith that exists where the sacred meets the profane.

Spanning the decades between World War II and the present day, acclaimed author Howard Jacobson seamlessly weaves together a breath-takingly complex narrative of love, tragedy, redemption, and above all, remarkable humor. Deeply empathetic and audaciously funny, Kalooki Nights is a luminous story torn violently between the hope of restoring and rebuilding Jewish life, and the painful burden of memory and loss.

Review:

"The examination of a Jewish subculture — replete with ample interjections of misogyny, bigotry and humor — is a familiar scaffolding upon which to erect a novel. It's a sardonic worldview that has played its hand at numerous literary tables, most predominantly by Philip Roth, the genre's king. For a modern reader of Jewish literature, then, Howard Jacobson's 'Kalooki Nights' seems woefully anachronistic.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision....That the things he is joking about are so dark and dangerous makes the jokes even better. And it dawns on you that the book isn't really just about being Jewish at all. It's about being human." Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard (London)

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"Howard Jacobson's tour de force....You don't have to be Jewish to love this book, just human." Simon Schama, The Guardian

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"Howard Jacobson...is incapable of writing a predictable sentence. [Kalooki Nights] is likely to be the funniest book published this year [with] prose sharper and brighter than any of his contemporaries." Will Buckley, The Observer (London)

Review:

"In Kalooki Nights [Jacobson] has taken his skills to a new level and produced a novel of genius." Michael Bywater, The Independent

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"Jacobson...writes hilarious and unpredictable sentences....Kalooki Nights begs many questions; the reader will have to be satisfied with never learning the answers." Los Angeles Times

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"[H]arshly funny in places...deeply, darkly comedic....[A] thriller, a diatribe, an intellectual exercise." Baltimore Sun

Review:

"Jacobson's prose is pure pleasure — concise, markedly insightful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny — and his message, ultimately, is a heartbreaker. An exceptional novel." Booklist

Review:

"Jacobson is often compared to Philip Roth, but his is a sweeter voice." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and hailed by The Times (London) as "work of genius," Jacobson's exquisitely written, audaciously funny novel explores the countless questions of postwar Jewish identity.

About the Author

Howard Jacobson is the author of four works of non-fiction and seven novels, including The Mighty Walzer, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for comic writing, and Who's Sorry Now, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. He has a weekly column for The Independent and regularly reviews and writes for The Guardian, The Times and The Evening Standard, Jacobson has also done several specials for British television. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416543428
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Author:
Jacobson, Howard
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Black humor (Literature)
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
450
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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Product details 450 pages Simon and Schuster - English 9781416543428 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision....That the things he is joking about are so dark and dangerous makes the jokes even better. And it dawns on you that the book isn't really just about being Jewish at all. It's about being human." (London)
"Review" by , "Howard Jacobson's tour de force....You don't have to be Jewish to love this book, just human."
"Review" by , "Howard Jacobson...is incapable of writing a predictable sentence. [Kalooki Nights] is likely to be the funniest book published this year [with] prose sharper and brighter than any of his contemporaries." (London)
"Review" by , "In Kalooki Nights [Jacobson] has taken his skills to a new level and produced a novel of genius."
"Review" by , "Jacobson...writes hilarious and unpredictable sentences....Kalooki Nights begs many questions; the reader will have to be satisfied with never learning the answers."
"Review" by , "[H]arshly funny in places...deeply, darkly comedic....[A] thriller, a diatribe, an intellectual exercise."
"Review" by , "Jacobson's prose is pure pleasure — concise, markedly insightful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny — and his message, ultimately, is a heartbreaker. An exceptional novel."
"Review" by , "Jacobson is often compared to Philip Roth, but his is a sweeter voice."
"Synopsis" by , Longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and hailed by The Times (London) as "work of genius," Jacobson's exquisitely written, audaciously funny novel explores the countless questions of postwar Jewish identity.
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