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The Making of Henryby Howard Jacobson
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Swathed in his kimono, drinking tea from his samovar, Henry Nagle is temperamentally opposed to life in the 21st century. Preferring not to contemplate the great intellectual and worldly success of his best boyhood friend, he argues constantly with his father, an upholsterer turned fire-eater–and now dead for many years. When he goes out at all, Henry goes after other men’s wives.
But when he mysteriously inherits a sumptuous apartment, Henry’s life changes, bringing on a slick descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson, an excitable red setter, and a wise-cracking waitress with a taste for danger. All of them demand his attention, even his love, a word which barely exists in Henry’s magisterial vocabulary, never mind his heart.
From one of England’s most highly regarded writers, The Making of Henry is a ravishing novel, at once wise, tender and mordantly funny.
The life of the temperamental, acerbic Henry Nagle is turned upside down when he mysteriously inherits a lavish apartment and several offbeat new acquaintances, including a red setter named Agnus, a dyspeptic descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson, and a top-sided waitress, who demand his attention. Original. 30,000 first printing.
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.
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