Shylock is My Name The Merchant of Venice Retold

by Howard Jacobson

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Shylock is My Name The Merchant of Venice Retold Synopsis

It is winner of the Booker Prize. The funniest British novelist since Kingsley Amis or Tom Sharpe. (Mail on Sunday). As Seen on BBC Imagine. 'Who is this guy, Dad? What is he doing here?' With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire's Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It's the beginning of a remarkable friendship. Elsewhere in the Golden Triangle, the rich, manipulative Plurabelle (aka Anna Livia Plurabelle Cleopatra A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever Christine) is the face of her own TV series, existing in a bubble of plastic surgery and lavish parties. She shares prejudices and a barbed sense of humour with her loyal friend D'Anton, whose attempts to play Cupid involve Strulovitch's daughter - and put a pound of flesh on the line.

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Shylock is My Name The Merchant of Venice Retold Press Reviews

'Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision. He writes like a dream.' - Evening Standard

'Expect ...The kind of comic intelligence that has made his name' -- Sam Parker Esquire

'Shylock is My Name is witty and astute.' -- Rosie Kinchen The Sunday Times

'Jacobson's writing is virtuoso. He is the master of shifting tones, from the satirical to the serious. His prose has the sort of elastic precision you only get from a writer who is truly in command ... There's also deep and sincere soul-searching going on here' -- Lucasta Miller Independent

'Howard Jacobson's reworking of The Merchant of Venice is a sly success... Irascible, eloquent Shylock is a man transplanted from the play to today.' -- Tim Martin Daily Telegraph

'An unusually engaged form of literary criticism ... Jacobson treats Shylock less as a product of Shakespeare's culture and imagination than as a real historical figure emblematic of Jewish experience' -- Anthony Cummins Prospect

'Shylock is My Name has much to tell us about loss, identity and modern antisemitism ... Simon's debates with Shylock, snapshots of a man haranguing his literary Creator, are the heart of this book, knowing and humane' -- Kate Maltby The Times

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ISBN: 9781781090282
Publication date: 04/02/2016
Publisher: Hogarth an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781781090282
Publication date: 4th February 2016
Author: Howard Jacobson
Publisher: Hogarth an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About Howard Jacobson

An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), the highly acclaimed The Act of Love, the 2010 Man Booker Prize-winning, The Finkler Question and, most recently, Zoo Time. Howard Jacobson lives in Soho, London.

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