The Very Model Of A Man

The Very Model Of A Man by Howard Jacobson

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In The Very Model of a Man, Jacobson takes on the Hebrew scriptures and rewrites religious history with his customary brand of ink-black humour. Adam and Eve have just been expelled from the Garden of Eden by a furious God, and their first-born son Cain reflects bitterly on the family’s miserable existence in a bleak, half-formed world in which one angry foot-stamp can send new, unnamed species scurrying from the wet clay. To make matters worse, his new brother Abel is claiming all his mother’s attention, and a jealous and petulant Old Testament deity will stop at nothing to create upheaval within the first family.

Shifting between Cain’s post-Eden days, when righteous fire is just as likely to descend from the heavens as rapacious angels, to his vagrant-like existence in the city of Babel following Abel’s murder, The Very Model of a Man swipes ruthlessly through biblical conventions. Questioning thousands of years of doctrine, the word of God and the very nature of Jewishness, it is above all a thrilling and touching tale from one of our greatest living storytellers.

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Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question ). Howard Jacobson was born on August 25, 1942 in Manchester. Graduated from the University of Cambridge. He lectured at the University of Sydney, then returned as a teacher to Cambridge. He is a successful TV host and hosts the popular column in the Independent . As a writer, Jacobson is best known for his humorous stories of British Jews. Finkler`s Question is the eleventh novel in the writer`s career. Howard has previously been nominated twice for the Booker Prize. It is noted that "Finkler`s Question" was the first comedy work to receive this award in the entire 42-year history of the Booker Prize, and Jacobson himself is the oldest recipient (68) since the 1980 William Golding Prize. Howard Jacobson is also the recipient of the Woodhouse Award for Best Humorous Work. When critics called him "the English Philip Roth," he replied, "No, I am the Jewish Jane Austen." Two years before The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson wrote a piec...

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Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question ). Howard Jacobson was born on August 25, 1942 in Manchester. Graduated from the University of Cambridge. He lectured at the University of Sydney, then returned as a teacher to Cambridge. He is a successful TV host and hosts the popular column in the Independent . As a writer, Jacobson is best known for his humorous stories of British Jews. Finkler`s Question is the eleventh novel in the writer`s career. Howard has previously been nominated twice for the Booker Prize. It is noted that "Finkler`s Question" was the first comedy work to receive this award in the entire 42-year history of the Booker Prize, and Jacobson himself is the oldest recipient (68) since the 1980 William Golding Prize. Howard Jacobson is also the recipient of the Woodhouse Award for Best Humorous Work. When critics called him "the English Philip Roth," he replied, "No, I am the Jewish Jane Austen." Two years before The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson wrote a piece that was not quite typical for him - not comic and not about Jews. The protagonist of The Act of Love (2008) (and also the narrator), Felix Quinn, an antique bookstore, is obsessed with literature and love longing. Actually, Quinn is a living example of what you can turn into if you read too many books about unhappy love in childhood. Life for him is a continuous series of literary allusions: here he imagines "Anna Karenina", there - "Ulysses".  Wikipedia , Wikipedia Act of love .  Bibliography Novels 1982 - The Exagoge of Ezekiel 1983 - Coming from Behind 1984 - Peeping Tom 1987 - In the Land of Oz 1987 - Redback 1992 - The Very Model of a Man 1996 - Expulsion from Paradise 1998 - No More Mr. Nice Guy 1999 - The Mighty Walzer 2002 - Who`s Sorry Now 2004 - The Making of Henry 2006 - Kalooki Nights 2008 - The Act of Love - The Act of Love 2010 - The Finkler Question - Finkler`s Question 2012 - Zoo Time - Menagerie Time Non fiction 1978 - Shakespeare`s Magnanimity: His Tragic Heroes Their Friends and Families (with Wilbur Sanders) 1993 - Seeing with the Ear 1993 - Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews 1997 - Seriously Funny: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime 2011 - Whatever It Is, I Don`t Like It: The Best of Howard Jacobson 2013 - The Swag Man.