J by Howard JacobsonJ by Howard Jacobson


byHoward Jacobson

Paperback | June 23, 2015

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A terrifying love story, set in a strange future, told by Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson
     Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn, too, has grown up in the dark about who she is or where she comes from. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as What Happened, If It Happened.
     In this stunning, evocative, and heartbreaking work, where one couple's love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.
HOWARD JACOBSON won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. He has written thirteen novels and five works of non-fiction. 
Title:JFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.21 × 5.21 × 0.91 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143192736

ISBN - 13:9780143192732

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uncanny and excellent Jacobson creates a world that is eerily prescient and foreign at the same time. Interesting exploration of the power of language.
Date published: 2018-04-17

Editorial Reviews

"A masterwork of imagination flavored with grief." Chicago Tribune"A fascinating cautionary tale about the paradoxical dangers of assimilation and tranquility." Wall Street Journal"Thrilling and enigmatic ... [J's] subtle profundities and warm intelligence are Jacobson's own." The New York Times Book Review"A provocative dystopian fantasy to stack next to Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, J has the kind of nightmarish twist which makes you want to turn back to page one immediately and read the whole thing again." Sunday Express