Live A Little

Live A Little

Live a Little is a wickedly observed story of old age which follows the lives of two nonagenarians. Beryl Dusinbery, like Scheherazade, is telling the stories of her many husbands and love affairs to her two carers, whilst Shimi Carmelli mourns the death of his estranged brother and avoids the amorous attentions of the Widow Wolfsheim, as his childhood shame comes back to Live a Little is a wickedly observed story of old age which follows the lives of two nonagenarians. ?Beryl Dusinbery, li...

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Title:Live A Little
Author:Howard Jacobson
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1787331431
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Live A Little Reviews

  • Kent Winward
    Sep 21, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

  • Annarella
    Jul 07, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

  • Ann
    Oct 20, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

  • Kate Ayers
    Sep 23, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

  • Michael  Berquist
    Jul 27, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 15, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

    I read great reviews about this book, but honestly I didn't like it so much. I don't know if I wasn't in the right mood or what else, but I found it nothing special. ...

    If a book doesn't grab me by page 100 I give up and this was one of those books. ...

    I loved it - full review will follow! ...

    I enjoyed reading this book. This was a Goodreads giveaway winner. ...

    Not going to rate this as I only made it to page ninty. Some of the parts I read were witty but on the whole i just can't connect to this book. ...

  • AnnieBebop
    Sep 23, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

  • Jennifer Rolfe
    Sep 23, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

    I read great reviews about this book, but honestly I didn't like it so much. I don't know if I wasn't in the right mood or what else, but I found it nothing special. ...

    If a book doesn't grab me by page 100 I give up and this was one of those books. ...

  • Barry
    Jul 18, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

  • John Kaye
    Aug 20, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

  • Janet
    Sep 08, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

    I read great reviews about this book, but honestly I didn't like it so much. I don't know if I wasn't in the right mood or what else, but I found it nothing special. ...

    If a book doesn't grab me by page 100 I give up and this was one of those books. ...

    I loved it - full review will follow! ...

    I enjoyed reading this book. This was a Goodreads giveaway winner. ...

  • Pam Flynn
    Aug 29, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

  • Elizabeth King
    Aug 31, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

  • Rachèl Gerrits
    Sep 05, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

  • Melinda Kovac
    Jun 12, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

  • Kim
    Sep 08, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

  • Linda Hepworth
    Jul 20, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

    I read great reviews about this book, but honestly I didn't like it so much. I don't know if I wasn't in the right mood or what else, but I found it nothing special. ...

    If a book doesn't grab me by page 100 I give up and this was one of those books. ...

    I loved it - full review will follow! ...

  • L A
    Aug 06, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

  • Greville Waterman
    Jun 27, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

  • Laura Spira
    Jul 23, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

  • Nomentions
    Jul 26, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

  • Jodi
    Sep 30, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

  • KayCee
    Oct 07, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

  • Sid Nuncius
    Jul 06, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

  • Katherine
    Jun 30, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

  • Caren
    Jul 04, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

  • Rana Z
    May 21, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

  • Kristian
    Sep 11, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

    I read great reviews about this book, but honestly I didn't like it so much. I don't know if I wasn't in the right mood or what else, but I found it nothing special. ...

  • Lisa Oakes
    Sep 05, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...

    This is my first Howard Jacobson read and I was absolutely charmed by his characters. Their witty and honest conversations not only had me using a dictionary but wanting more. ...

    I was recommended this book as something that would provide a laugh or too. Unfortunately, it didn't hit my funny bone and I have to say I found it tedious in parts. ...

    Very witty and funny. Enjoyable read! ...

    You know you are getting old when you relate to stories about 90 year olds . . . ...

    I read great reviews about this book, but honestly I didn't like it so much. I don't know if I wasn't in the right mood or what else, but I found it nothing special. ...

    If a book doesn't grab me by page 100 I give up and this was one of those books. ...

    I loved it - full review will follow! ...

    I enjoyed reading this book. This was a Goodreads giveaway winner. ...

    Not going to rate this as I only made it to page ninty. Some of the parts I read were witty but on the whole i just can't connect to this book. ...

    I love the nontraditional characters in this book. So many novels that contain some form of love story between two characters are about youthful romantic relationships. I think the characters in this book being aged to near death made it a surprisingly wonderful read. There's so much w...

  • Margery Osborne
    Sep 28, 2019

    I enjoyed Live A Little very much in the end. It is witty, insightful and rather touching, but I found the first two-thirds or so a bit of a slog. This is a story of two people in their eighties and nineties respectively who have very different pasts and views of themselves. Shimi C...

    Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I had not anticipated that reading about very old people and their relationships could be quite so joyous. Jacobson has created two central characters, Shimi and Beryl, who will stay in my mind for a long time. Shimi, in appearanc...

    I tried... Oh how hard I tried. That seems to be my experience with so many of Howard Jacobson's book. I loved some of his early books as well as The Mighty Walzer which was poignant and hilarious but I have struggled ever since. Maybe it is me but I am happy to work at a book and d...

    I received a free copy of ?Live A Little? from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is the smartest book I have read in 2019. It is no surprise that Jacobson has won and been nominated for the Man Booker Prize multiple times. His characterizations here are excellent....

    I rated it three stars due to the style, I suppose. I found some chapters with paragraphs a page long, when it really was an exchange of conversation. I found POV changing from one para to another at times. And I glossed over bits that just ran on. But, that said, when I got to the sec...

    Jacobson had a run of stellar novels, and then broke with that with an amusing but minor reflection on Trump. One might now expect him now to either address the UK Labour Party antisemitism row, in which he spoke out, or his support for his friend Germaine Greer's transphobic comments....

    Two tragicomic characters collide at the end of a long life, a life if we survive, all of us eventually face. The one Carmelli, whose mindset is sketched through Houseman's poem; When the bells justle in the tower/The hollow night amid/Then on my tongue the taste is sour/Of all I ever ...

    This was the first Howard Jacobson book I?d read so I?m not sure if it?s his style, but I felt like I was being talked down to with all the words I didn?t know that were in this book. The dialogue between the two main characters also seemed very superficial and contrived, but B...

    ARC for Novel Neighbor. I don't know how to go about writing a review for this book. I just didn't get it. It is either a bad book or it's way above my reading level. It was confusing and full of stories that felt they were all going to connect but really didn't. That may have been on...

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I started it, but the story didn't make much sense to me. Only got about 60 pages in to it - the main characters were pretty annoying and their little "quirks" (she is losing her memory and her main hobbies are embroidering things with death related quotes and ...

    Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on my own personal enjoyment of the novel and not how well written it is. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just wasn't feeling it. I loved some of th...

    It is unusual for me to give up and not finish a book. However, I was actually getting angry at the time I was wasting looking for a purpose in Jacobson's tedious and unsympathetic account of Beryl and her dementia. I "surrendered" before discovering how Beryl's story would link to tha...

    A delightful riff (that's really too slight a term?a tour de force, then), on lives lived, with wonderful language, nicely structured, and quite a few good belly-laughs. Jacobson's writing just flows so well. The plot here probably isn't going to be one that is sympathetic to the mid...

    Feels unfair giving a rating because I gave up rather than finished. I found the writing really hard work - disjointed and too many different perspectives at once. It jarred on me and it was too much of a slog. Maybe if I?d found any of the characters compelling I would have stuck wi...

    LIVE A LITTLE is the story of two nonagenarians looking back on their lives, and realizing that despite their age they still have a lot of life left. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, as one character struggles to remember her past in the order it happened. The storytelling is deli...

    I DNFed it at 30%. It's either confusing or really complex and I wasn't able to grab the meaning and connect to the characters. At the end of the day I think it's a matter of taste and expectations, mine were something witty and this book seemed deadly serious to me, and this wasn't m...

    Old age will never stop the rich characters in this story from memories of past loves, thoughts of the end of life, and the hope that one last relationship is never too late to try. A moving, touching book that will leave the reader with a chuckle and an insight into the desire to love...

    Thanks to Random House for the ARC. I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to Howard Jacobson's work. The characters were exquisitely developed. Individually complete, their relationship deepened their own character and at the same time created a firm bond between them. A lo...

    Just the opposite of the coming-of-age novels I've read recently. Funny and insightful novel at the other end of the life cycle. Check out the bookcover ... cross-stitch and embroidery on the front and back. Extra virtual stars for that! ...

    this became pretty compelling at Shimi's brothers funeral and after Shimi and Beryl begin their conversations. one thing I would have edited out is Beryl's cross stitching. it was clever what she was embroidering but became a bit tiresome as a joke and unlikely as a pursuit for a la...