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Barney Fugleman has two major preoccupations in life sex and literature He is obsessed by the life and work of a man hailed by many as a genius of the nineteenth century and by Barney as a 'prurient little Victorian ratbag'This curi Can I really be the only goodreads reader to have read this novel Or is it that I m just the first to bother to rate and write about it It doesn t seem possible Or fair Well I think it s a shame because it is a good book Not a great book It is a book for its time which was about twenty five years ago It is not for the Ages but it s all right for right now Better then all right If you like the English humour of Black Adder and Peep Show I think you d do well to seek this one out If you like Martin Amis but are confused by his high style and his literary tricks then this book might be for you And it s funny It had me laughing on the bus It had me laughing in the mechanic s waiting room It had me laughing at the lunch counter In fact it embarrassed me nearly everywhere I went with it Why is it okay to laugh with other people but it s crazy to laugh on your own Suggestion If you must read this book read it at home where only your wife will hear you laughing She probably figures you re crazy anyway

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Peeping Tom

Ous propulsion drives him out of Finchley and out of the life he shares with Sharon and her 'rampant marvellings' to Cornwall There he offends serious ramblers with his slip on snakeskin shoes fur coat and antagonism to all things g I was completely captivated by the beginning butsoon lost interest It took me the longest time to finish reading I often left the book lying there untouched for days Although the writing was fantastic the whole story rambled along and at times didn t seem to have a point

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Reen and growing as he stomps the wild Atlantic cliffs on long morbid walks tampering with the truth tangling with the imperious Camilla and telling a riotous taleBy the winner of the Man Booker Prize and author of The Finkler uesti A guy gets off on sharing his wife with other men and this somehow ties into the fact that he is the reincarnation of Thomas Hardy and the Maruis De Sade Like most Jacobson I ve read it s smart and funny in generous measures with flashes of inspired brilliance such as one character s essay that argues that thermo nuclear time as perceived in extremity by any one of JG Ballard s isolated protagonists can be paralleled in Thomas Hardy by the minute accretions of the past that go to form and determine the present for all of his tragically modern and therefore entirely un free heroes pg 127Cover note I read the Black Swan paperback edition which features a hilarious cartoon sketch of Thomas Hardy in bondage gear holding a riding crop whilst seated astride a miserable faced bare breasted woman a caricature of Howard Jacobson can be seen peeking in the window First line Signs are even to my drugged eye that the village is finally coming out of winterLast line Once there I made for one of my most favorite vertiginous ledges where I sat awhile and peered down into the absurd fuss and ferment below me then choosing my current of air as craftily as if I were a kestrel I up ended Camilla s envelope and let the pages of what she thought of her husband hang and sway for a moment before floating down with a rocking motion into the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea


10 thoughts on “Peeping Tom

  1. says:

    I thought I was a literary snob and felt that on the whole I read books with depth and feeling But this book has made me feel like a schoolchild who just can not move off the guided readers I wish I had read the b

  2. says:

    Can I really be the only goodreads reader to have read this novel Or is it that I'm just the first to bother to rate and write about it It doesn't seem possible Or fair Well I think it's a shame because it is a good book Not a great book It is a book for its time which was about twenty five years ago It is not for the Ages but it's all right for right now Better then all right If you like the English humour of Black Adder and Peep Show I

  3. says:

    Howard is a clever chap Perhaps too clever for this simple reader I will finish reading this essay but I know already that it will not be added to my favourites list

  4. says:

    Does anyone remember the movie Blame it on Rio This book has a ridiculous campy vibe like that movie It's fun but not very memorable

  5. says:

    Boring

  6. says:

    I was completely captivated by the beginning butsoon lost interest It took me the longest time to finish reading I often left the book lying there untouched for days Although the writing was fantastic the whole story rambled along and at times didn't seem to have a point

  7. says:

    I didn’t find it funny

  8. says:

    A guy gets off on sharing his wife with other men and this somehow ties into the fact that he is the reincarnation of Thomas Hardy and the Maruis De Sade Like most Jacobson I've read it's smart and funny in generous measures with flashes of inspired brilliance such as one character's essay that argues that thermo nuclear time as perceived in extremity by any one of JG Ballard's isolated protagonists can be p

  9. says:

    Jewish angst and thomas Hardy what not to like

  10. says:

    A must read for Thomas Hardy detesters amusing sexy fun