The Mighty Walzer

The Mighty Walzer From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop flick half volley like a champion At sex he i

  • Title: The Mighty Walzer
  • Author: Howard Jacobson
  • ISBN: 9780099274728
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion At sex he is not so adept, but with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis Team and stalwart of the Kardomah coffee bar, his game improves.From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion At sex he is not so adept, but with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis Team and stalwart of the Kardomah coffee bar, his game improves.Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

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    1. This is a rollicking great novel brilliantly written and deserves a really great review not just one sentence. Northern British Jews without much money trying to make it big in the world and succeeding in very small ways.

    2. I received The Mighty Walzer for early review and had a tough time getting into it. It was well-written, but just didn't capture my attention. I was having flashbacks to all the novels I was assigned to read for English Literature critical analysis class. You know, the ones that are shining examples of literature, grammar, sentence structure, tone, era, voice but some how manage to be the most boring books on the planet. Yes, I could write a term paper on the book and can appreciate its literary [...]

    3. The Mighty Walzer is a book about love, sex, and ping pong in Manchester; written with Jacobson's witty wordplay, wry humour, and abundant energy. An excellent, funny, engaging book; I would recommend this to fans of early Philip Roth, some of John Irving, Peter Carey, or Gary Shteyngart. Well worth a read especially if you liked any of his other work. I would also recommend Kalooki Nights, and of course Booker-winning The Finkler Question (which, despite all the hullabaloo is not really a comic [...]

    4. Howard Jacobson is a very funny man; a British man who is Jewish, or vice versa, I suppose. He has written this delightful, yet poignant, coming of age novel featuring Oliver Walzer as the protagonist and the narrator. The Mighty Walzer is a nickname Oliver Walzer deprecatingly gives himself as he looks at his life from the far end of the experience. He begins with a laugh outloud funny description of his parents and both the maternal and paternal sides of the family. Both sides have very defini [...]

    5. BABTNever fancied this author for some reason however R4 is flinging us this so I'll give it a goC blurb- From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural - at ping-pong. Even with his improvised bat (the Collins Classic edition of 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde') he can chop, flick, half-volley like a champion.At sex he is not so natural, being shy and frightened of women. But with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, his game improves. And while the Akiva [...]

    6. This was different than I thought. When I described this book to my husband, he said 'I feel like you've been looking your whole life for this book, like it was made for you'. And I had to agree. It was like the nerdy anthem that could become my theme song, a book devoted exclusively to ping pong--I even dug through my library-edition bookmarks collection to find the very nerdiest bookmark I owned to use while I read this book. And then it turned out be more of a coming-of-age story with ping po [...]

    7. If you just told me what this book was about, I'm not sure I would have thought that I was going to like it as much as I did. After all, at this point I'm pretty tired of coming-of-age stories. And, I know exactly zilch about ping-pong, and have exactly negative desire to learn. Nevertheless, I loved this book. Loved it. I laughed out loud, not on every page, but often enough. In fact, i am still laughing when I think of a few of the things in it that cracked me up. Yet, the end almost made me c [...]

    8. Coming of age story of Oliver Walzer, descended from Jews who emigrated from Poland to Manchester and who eked out a living by their wits.  Oliver is shy as a young boy and comes out of his shell by becoming a ping pong player extraordinaire and befriending his teammates who teach him of life.  Narrated by Oliver who seems to always thwart himself, the bright star that refuses to shine - in fact insures that it won't shine.  the story is laced with lots of Yiddish slang, a good bit of it not [...]

    9. Really good, and the most superb ping pong novel that I have ever read. Better than _Finkler_ but not as good as _Kalooki_, on the Jacobsen-meter.

    10. Sad fun in ManchesterYiddish sensibility soaks every page of this book. It's sad,funny, "grandiose," and humble pretty much all at once. It's a perfect partner for the author's Kalooki Nights. If you still remember how Philip Roth made you laugh when you discovered Portnoy's Complaint, then go wash your hands then read this book.

    11. Originally posted on my blog 3throughhistoryOllie Walzer grows to dominate the Manchester ping-pong scene. Nothing special there, except that he's twelve years old. His people escaped a dreary existence as beet farmers on the Bug and Dniester valley in the Ukraine. The men - we'd call them luftmentshen, transliterated in Yiddish and not German, meaning people with stars in their eyes because their heads are in the clouds. The women - trapped, waiting for men to notice them, without the courtship [...]

    12. Well, call me derivative or simply lazy, but this novel really reminded me of "Under the Frog" by Tibor Fischer which I read a few months ago.Both books pretend to revolve around the exotic wonders of a sport half-unknown to the British audience (basketball there, ping-pong here) and are set in the 1950s and both eventually take a long detour somewhere else.Whereas Fischer aimed a bit too high with his sketch of Hungary and the 1958 Revolution, Jacobson decided to cope with a more familiar terri [...]

    13. The theme of ping-pong threads through this story. But, in its way, it is peripheral to the narrative, much the same way that cricket is peripheral to Another Country. What we get is the story of a young boy, growing up both bound to and afflicted by his people. Family, Judaism (or the repudiation of it), the old country or the neighborhood are inextricable from who and what Oliver Walzer is. Delightful or repugnant personalities in the way of his friends, enemies, opponents, family and in-laws [...]

    14. There's a lot to almost like in The Might Walzer and it's a novel I tried my darndest to like as well, but in the end I just couldn't make the leap. It's just too rambling, too random, and too full of subplots that never seem to go anywhere. The protagonist is bland. He's not likeable enough to root for, not dislikeable enough that you're waiting for his comeuppance. He's just there. The situations he's in just happen. There's really no narrative thrust throughout the novel, just a lot of "and t [...]

    15. Another disappointment. This could've been really good but it didn't really go anywhere and it took a long time not to get there. A book about a young man with a conceit about himself which I thought proved unfounded. One of the biggest frustrations with this book was the use of many words in another language either Yiddish or Polish or maybe German or maybe something else I don't know. I don't have a problem with writers using the occasional word from another language if it clarifies their mean [...]

    16. I commenced reading this book as a temporary respite from undertaking book four of `Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire.Obviously much lighter reading although, having almost finished it, I still can`t decide whether its a true autobiography, a novel or a combination of the two.The fact there is a strong affinity with table tennis (or ping pong as Jacobson insists on calling it)should not put off those who have no knowledge or interest in the game. It is a humorous powerful story of a young man [...]

    17. I wanted to read this because Howard Jacobson's "The Finkler Question" had just won the Booker Prize and because this novel was set in the world of ping-pong in Great Britain in the '50s/'60s. It's a comic literary coming-of-age story about a young Jewish boy who dreams of ping-pong glory. And getting his beautiful young female partner in the backseat of a car. Funny, touching, and beautifully written. Here's my interview with Jacobson, in advance of his appearance in L.A. last year. pedrowatche [...]

    18. Didn't finish this book. Another loser from the list of award winners of the Wodehouse Award for Humorous Fiction. This one has some funny moments but is so gloomy and sex-obsessed I gave it up. I ask again, who is choosing the winners of this award? I add the list of winners of this award to Pulitzer and Booker winners and label as follows: approach with extreme caution. I have read some amazing books from each category but chances are even better I will find the award-winning books completely [...]

    19. Young man's coming of age story set in mid-twentieth century rural England. The promise of fantastic ping pong exploits was enough to get my started, but the Mighty Walzer, it turned out, was no Forrest Gump. Well written, but I just did get the point. I enjoyed the narrative and ramp-up of the first half, but didn't really see the significance or value of how the lives of the characters weirdly went.

    20. The first part of the book was so funny. The middle was very dull. The end section was deep, meaningful and moving. I nearly stopped during the mid section. And now I want to read another of his books. Jacobson does indeed use alot of Yiddish that I am unfamiliar with, and that makes the read uncomfortable at times. I think in general all of his books could be 1/3 of their length and be great. He seems to go on too long at some point in his writing.

    21. * 1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive listSelected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time in a single list.

    22. This book by Howard Jacobson was one that I read in a fairly quick time and enjoyed. It takes a male from before puberty through adulthood. Some of the adolescent events are very believable etc. The family portraits are believable also. The plot does not always follow a straight line for me but I found the book interesting to read.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

    23. See the Weekend Edition of Saturday, 2 April 2011, interview with the author. npr/2011/04/02/1350233Listened to the story while taking Gunnar to Gillshire Kennels prior to my PetroSkills trip to Houston. Reawakened my interest in ping pong. Need to buy a table.

    24. Not my favorite Jacobson book, but pretty good. Mostly it suffered from being read during a busy time--hard to enjoy anything when you're only able to read 4-5 pages a day. Ollie Walzer is a real stinker as a teenager, and this is his story. Very much about growing up Jewish in England mid-century--all the Yiddish is fun, and lots of angst.

    25. As with the Finkler Question, this novel is also a weighty tale of a Yiddish immigrant family… a Polish one in Manchester this time. The book heaves under Yiddish expressions, spinster aunts, rancid teenagers, imploding businesses and lots of ping pong matches Jacobson has a gift for bringing his characters to life: bleak and awkward.

    26. Didn't finish it. About quarter way through I was struggling but admiring of the craft. By halfway through (and when it was due back at the library) I was actively disliking it and decided it was time to call it quits.

    27. Jacobson's novel about a Jewish boy growing up playing competitive table tennis in Manchester in the 50s. It's at least somewhat autobiographical in its outlines; it's also genuinely funny, poignant, and very atmospheric about a Jewish, working class, Northern world.

    28. I enjoyed the book when i read it a few years back, great characters in a tale of growing up in Jewish Manchester.The not to often explored sport of table tennis and the rivalry it creates are the backdrop of Jacobson's novel, the cast of characters are well drawn in this funny and moving story.

    29. Very Jewish and full of Yiddish words and British slang words that make it hard to follow at times. Although the Jewish humor slant can bring some smiles, and the writing is good, the book is sad and depressing and, I felt, the main character hard to believe and connect to.

    30. I just could not get 'into' this book. After about 100 pages I gave it up as a lost cause. Half of the time I had no idea what the narrator was talking about. Between the Yiddish and English terminology I was lost.

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