The Act of Love

Jacobson, Howard

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Act of Love
In a stunning follow-up to his much-heralded masterpiece,Kalooki Nights, acclaimed author Howard Jacobson has turned his mordant and uncanny sights on Felix Quinn, a rare-book dealer living in London, whose wife Marisa is unfaithful to him.All husbands, Felix maintains, secretly want their wives to be unfaithful to them. Felix hasn't always thought this way. From the moment of his first boyhood rejection, surviving the shattering effects of love and jealousy had been the study of his life. But while he is honeymooning with Marisa in Florida an event occurs that changes everything. In a moment, he goes from dreading the thought of someone else's hands on the woman he loves to thinking about nothing else. Enter Marius into Marisa's affections. And now Felix must wonder if he really is a happy man.The Act of Loveis a haunting novel of love and jealousy, with stylish prose that crackles and razor-sharp dialogue, praised by the London Times as "darkly transgressive, as savage in its brilliance, as anything Jacobson has written." It is a startlingly perceptive, subtle portrait of a marriage and an excruciatingly honest, provocative exploration of sexual obsession.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 141659423X
Branch Call Number: JACOBSON H
PR6060.A32 A64 2009
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 07, 2010
  • harron1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There is a quote on the back of the book that tells (and in my opinion, warns) the reader that patience when reading this novel will be rewarded. They weren't joking! This novel is well written, but each sentence is almost painfully crafted and the attention to each word choice within, in my opinion, detracts from the overall story.


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Sep 07, 2010
  • harron1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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