The Making of Henry by Howard Jacobson

About the book

Henry Nagle is temperamentally opposed to life in the 21st century. Preferring not to contemplate the great intellectual and worldly success of his best boyhood friend, he argues constantly with his father, an upholsterer turned fire-eater–and now dead for many years. When he goes out at all, Henry goes after other men’s wives.
But when he mysteriously inherits a sumptuous apartment, Henry’s life changes, bringing on a slick descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson, an excitable red setter, and a wise-cracking waitress with a taste for danger.

Reviewed by Ace of Spades Reading Group

Not a holiday read – a little time and effort required. While it was laugh out loud funny at times it could also be quite tediously wordy. Didn’t find Henry a particularly likeable character but most enjoyed this book and it was very well written.
Star rating ***

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