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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Howarrd Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Act of Love by Howard Jacobson. Felix Quinn calls himself a happy man. He owns one of London’s oldest antiquarian bookshops. He is married to and adores the beautiful Marisa. But a childhood experience has taught him that loss is intrinsic to love, and Felix realizes that he can only be truly happy if his wife is sleeping w ‘No man has ever loved a woman and not imagined her in the arms of someone else’.
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But a childhood experience has taught him that loss is intrinsic to love, and Felix realizes that he can only be truly happy if his wife is sleeping with another man. Enter Marius into Marisa’s affections. And now Howzrd must ask himself, is he really happy? Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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En su lectura me pasaba una cosa curiosa, era incapaz de situar la historia en el momento temporal en el pfrfetto transcurre. Me recordaba mucho a Zweig.
Por otra parte, el personaje femenino es todo lo contrario a una marquesa de Merteuil, el inocente no es tal, aunque, por otro lado Oct 12, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: Felix Quinn is not your ordinary cuckold, not some unknowing husband safe in his ignorance or one tormented by suspicion or doubt. Cuckoldry is his fetish, and to massage it he connives to mate his wife Marisa pfrfetto the handsome stranger Marius. A creepy topic, sure, but howadr more so than, say, pedophilia.
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And Jacobson channels Nabokov, even if he does not quite match him. This is a fascinating, if uncomfortable, examination of a true pervert. But an intelligent, Felix Quinn is not your ordinary cuckold, not some unknowing husband safe in his ignorance or one tormented by suspicion or doubt.
But an intelligent, reflective one. The first-person protagonist is an antiquarian bookseller by trade, so the literary and artistic allusions sparkle. Google the art references herein for an enhanced appreciation. Because Quinn is no accidental cuckold, his flaw is not passivity but, rather, a devouring egoism which proves to be his ultimate undoing. I thoroughly enjoyed this read even though I disagreed with the stated premise: No man has ever loved a woman and not imagined her in the arms of someone else.
But then there was: I miss very little that has the promise of impropriety. Love, that is all I’ve ever cared to read about. Love and love’s agonies. So, if the theme was creepy and the plot often tending to improbable, nevertheless I could enjoy Felix Quinn, a character who could muse: We die of loneliness at the margins, not perversions.
The pervert might have second thoughts about himself but he knows he’s alive. Lastly, the title – The Act of Love – seems rather banal for such a quirky book. Better in Italian though: Feb 11, Max Sebastian rated it really liked it Shelves: The Act of Love is a very interesting book, beautifully written, but highly desexualized and starved of real feeling considering the nature of the subject it details, in favour of a more rational, academic analysis and explanation of the kind of man who would give up his wife for another.
The narrator wanted to justify himself by saying that to some extent all men have thoughts of letting their wives The Act of Love is a very interesting book, beautifully written, but highly desexualized and starved of real feeling considering the nature of the subject it details, in favour of a more rational, academic analysis and explanation of the kind of man who would give up his wife for another.
The narrator wanted to justify himself by saying that to some extent all men have thoughts of letting their wives stray, though most would never admit to such a thing. The book shied away from the sexual aspects of what really should be a very sexual subject — a husband letting his wife have regular sex with another man under his own roof.
It was, really, a very mainstream view of wife-sharing.
The writer appeared to be trying to be jaocbson and rebellious in tackling such a subject, but he appeared more than slightly distasteful of it. Ultimately the story was as most mainstream fiction is when it attempts to delve into scandalous territory: This book was weird and fucked-up and ultimately quite tragic, and i cannot perfetyo a single person i would recommend it to okay maybe just one, maybe but i absolutely loved it.
To say more would spoiler it bigtime so i’ll leave it at that. One of the best written books I’ve ever had the displeasure of slogging through. I started this book at the end of OCT, and after many re-shelvings of the book, I decided to take it down and finish it today.
The writing is extremely good; very jacpbson. But I really disliked the story, and didn’t care a great deal for wmore characters. The main character played a very weak person IMO. I didn’t like perfegto motives or actions, but javobson was well written.
I also didn’t care for the “plot” of the book, but One of the best written books I’ve ever had the displeasure of slogging through. I also didn’t care for the “plot” of the book, but again, the writing made up for a story line that I didn’t care for. I’ve read “The Finkler Question” by Jacobson, and found it to be an extremely good book. This one has the same style and excellent writing, just without the good story. I’d give the story a 2 star rating, and the writing 4 stars I’ll compromise with a percetto star rating more like a 2.
Jul 12, Aaron rated it did not like it. A banal, implausible little book that caused me to invent the new genre: Very unusual tale beautifully written. How to get right under the skin of a character. Some beautiful language and characterisation. Jun 26, Mary Walters rated it really liked it.
Mar 29, J. Carter-Winward rated it it was amazing Shelves: Um should have won the Man Booker. Jul 12, Sally rated it it was ok.
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The prose throughout this book was elegant and beautiful, graphic at times and yet the middle section of the book dragged.
There ajore only so many ways in wish a cuckhold fantasy can be described and I wished Jackobson had developed the story more rapidly and given further insight into Marisa’s character. For the above reasons I was going to give this book 1 star but the ending saved it, it was captivating and tragic. Felix may jacobsn be jscobson but nor was Humbert Humbert and that didn’t ruin Lolit The prose throughout this book was elegant and beautiful, graphic at times and yet the middle section of the book dragged.
Felix may not be likeable but nor was Humbert Humbert and that didn’t ruin Lolitia and neither did Felix ruin this. It was an insight into an aspect of life never usually considered and the ending captured the tragedy this can cause in relationships. Como si la novela tratara de un caso concreto, de la forma peculiar en amoree que Felix Quinn experimenta el amor hacia su esposa, y no del acto de amor en general. A diferencia de Philip Roth, que es un exhibicionista sexual cargado de un tremendo sentimiento de culpa, Howard Jacobson es fundamentalmente amoral en cuestiones de sexo.
Y a la mujer. Feb 02, Ms rated it it was amazing. Jackbson selfish, sexy and bitter about a book-dealer, Felix Quinn, and his wife’s infidelity.
Felix’s reactions to his wife’s lover are both understandable and his theory of jealousy are both difficult and true. Any kind of profession of love without jealousy is implied to be a simulacra of love. The obsessive nature of love and sex is described in brilliantly uncomfortable prose. There is a savagery to the writing which is largely absent from novels featuring the love lives of middle-class, Wonderfully selfish, sexy and bitter about a book-dealer, Felix Quinn, and his wife’s infidelity.
There is a savagery to the writing which is largely absent from novels featuring the love lives of middle-class, educated people. Quite often, the sex life is absented for the love life completely, and it is refreshing to find a book that is not afraid to shun this approach.
I am a late convert to Jacobson but he leaves a forceful impression on the page. His men and women are not of the kind that seek to cleanse and simplify their lives. They are messy drinking, fucking, smoking kind of people who screw up and get angry and jealous.