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No More Mr. Nice Guy

2.65  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Frank Ritz is a television critic. His partner, Melissa Paul, is the author of pornographic novels for liberated women. He watches crap all day; she writes crap all day. It's a life. Or it was a life. But now they're fighting, locked in oral combat. He won't shut up and she is putting her finger down her throat again. So there's only one thing for it -- Frank has to go.But ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published July 21st 1998)
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Frank Callaghan
I picked this book up, quite randomly as a 3 for 2 deal, knowing nothing about the author, but noting the sticker on the front cover that said, 'Winner of the Mann Booker Prize'. Prompted by this I started reading. I had forgotten that I had read The Finkler Question by Jacobson, which was the book that won the award. Deceptive little trap on the sticker on the cover!! Another small attraction was that it was for sale, wrapped in sealed cellophane and signed by the author. Trivial, I know, but i ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As we follow Frank Ritz on his journey of exploration, we learn a great deal about him. Frank does what anyone thrown out of their house/dismissed from a relationship would do: retrace his steps from some of his happier moments as a youth. We see Frank's younger self, through reminiscence, as well as his contemporary self. Sadly, the years do not seem to have had added much maturity to Frank, or maybe it's just that men really do ruminate about sex and female body parts all the time, and the res ...more
Jeffrey Hart
I liked this novel better than The Finkler Question, although it has some of the same problems: a self-loathing Jewish character, other people who are equally difficult to indentify with, strange British yiddishisms, and lots of senseless extramarital sex. The main character is a TV critic who hates popular culture of all kinds and who is having trouble with his marriage. Totally driven by thoughts of sex, he has trouble staying focused on anything. When he gets tossed out of his house, he goes ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Darryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Frank is a 50 year old British television critic, who has just left his partner, a highly dysfunctional author of feminist porn plagued by bulimia and neuroses. He is literally a talking and breathing penis, whose thoughts about having sex are interrupted only by eating, sleeping and other necessary bodily functions. He returns to Oxford and other towns where his sexual conquests as an adolescent and young man took place, but to his apparent surprise, he cannot relive the past. The novel is well ...more
Kent Winward
Sep 06, 2012 Kent Winward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty year old Frank isn't doing so hot. Jacobson's novel is more mid-life meltdown than crisis. Having been made stupid by sex for his younger years, Frank, even with his ebbing libido, seems most comfortable being ridiculous in the sexual realm. As with all Jacobson's novels, the ridiculous and comic merge with the sublime to explore loss in all its facets.
John Neil
A review comparing this favourably with my least favourite Philip Roth novel (Sabbath's Theatre) possibly ensured the same fate - boredom. Both say something about male preoccupation with sex but the topic is perhaps not interesting enough to sustain a novel. This is at least shorter.
Steve Petherbridge
Frank Ritz is a middle aged television critic, probably going through a mid-life crisis, coming to terms with an existence where he is becoming invisible to the opposite sex and becoming less virile with a reduced libido. His partner, Melissa Paul, is the author of pornographic novels for very, very liberated women. He, as he describes his work, watches crap all day; she, alternatively, writes crap all day. It's something of a life. Or it was a life. He describes his past exploits quite graphica ...more
Tracy Shapley
Dec 03, 2011 Tracy Shapley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some really awful books this year, but until No More Mr. Nice Guy I'd managed to trudge all the way through to the end of them. It blows my mind that the author won the Man Booker prize (for another book). I cannot imagine this guy writing anything that's even worth staying awake to read, let alone worthy of a prize.

The protagonist is going through a mid-life crisis, and so he decides to track down a series of women he's had mostly unsatisfying sexual relationships with over the
Aug 15, 2016 Akash rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I apparently mistook this book for the more popular No More Mr. Nice Guy! by Robert Glover.

I had read many recommendations for the Glover book and was looking forward to reading it. Throughout reading this book I was actively searching for the wisdom that others claimed they got from the book.

Zilch. Nada. Barely any relevant information that I was looking for when I bought this book. I still decided to stick through it assuming that there will be a grand reveal and I'll get some sort of an epi
Jul 05, 2013 Bob rated it really liked it
Jacobson's work in this story recalls for me the picaresque sexuality of a J.P. Donleavy tale and the soft porn ("the soft gartery sadism", as Jacobson puts it) of a Philip Roth novel, as the author's creation, Frank Ritz, bumbles through an adult rite of passage.

"When you are used to mental turbulence, and even have come to love the noise it makes, come to recognise it as a sign that you are intellectually alive, how do you go about silencing it without feeling that you have immured or even dam
Dec 07, 2011 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took a lot of effort to make it through this novel. I wanted to like it for it's witty and provocative nature and subject but I found myself merely disgusted. I was intrigued to read about a humorous but intelligent look into the "male condition" but I found myself simply put off by the profuse use of misogyny and view that all women are "cunts." It is troubling to think that anyone would consider this the male condition. Even if it is a humorous take on the subject, it is not a very good one ...more
Feb 07, 2017 Tammie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not so sure this guy was all that nice to begin with.
Dec 06, 2013 Eddie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written book about a man who wants to return to his adolescence as far as sex is concerned. But he can't. The women who he cared for only sexually, ended up hating him. This was one long rant about male sexuality and how it controlled his life. He learned at the end of the book that there were important areas to consider in a relationship other than sex. In a personal relationship or in one's relationship to the world.
Leah Giovan
Dec 06, 2011 Leah Giovan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Seldom say this - but this book was just awful. Saved only by a bit of occassional weird humor, and acceptable writing. There wasn't a single character that you could like, or want to know more about - or spend one more minute with. I didn't care that Frank left his bulemic wife, nor did I care if they got back together in the end. Don't waste your time on this book.
Dec 15, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An occasionally amusing trifle, though for an American reader a glossary of British slang might have been helpful. And while I can't imagine a woman who would enjoy it, primarily due to the ubiquity of the dreaded "C" word, I also don't have the slightest idea to whom among the male persuasion I would recommend it. On the plus side, it was a quick read.
Sep 27, 2011 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won from GoodReads/Bloomsbury-thanks! Good book, adult content.

Story is written from a man's point of view about a man in mid-life crisis that has been told to leave his house by his partner. He takes you on a journey on his past and present and his new found freedom. Lots of dry witted humor.
Jonathan Edgington
I simply love Howard Jacobson books. They all all so cleverly written, intelligent, funny and entertaining. This is one of his best. It's been described as a "sulphurous tirade against the joys of domesticity..."
Sep 09, 2011 Póilin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Think this could have been a really funny book, if there wasn't so much swearing in it, when i came across the C word, that was it for me, i have too many books i want to read,to have to read that word, and the F word every 5 mins........doesn't work for me in a book.......
Sep 07, 2011 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won this from Goodreads:) I liked the writing style of Jacobson, he has a fun way of playing with words and a dry sense of humour. I found it hard to truly like the main character, but I'm not sure if you are meant to like him. Reading this books makes me want to read The Finkler Question.
Brittany eggleston
Really a good book about a couple going through mid life crisis. The book is funny.
Nov 24, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Awful book, couldn't finish it!
Amanda Sebert
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. This book is about a man going through his mid-life crisis. It was a little too raw and harsh for my taste.
Paul Mathews
The writer sure is intelligent...Many beautiful sentences...Story is a drag...Put extra effort to complete it...
sigh. a book from a woman's point of view about men, written by a man. just wish it hadn't been so fractured in places.
J.A. Carter-Winward
THis book was laugh-out-loud funny, and a continuation of Jacobsen's theme/obsession with the connection between sexual pain, pleasure and betrayal. A beautiful and hilarious book.
Paulette Gerkovich
Well-written, though, I couldn't care less about the characters. I just stopped reading about one-third in.
Sep 05, 2011 Alicia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway! Can't wait to receive it!
Carol Krueger
Jan 09, 2016 Carol Krueger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not enjoy; could not get into the story.
Matthew Nilan
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Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, England, and educated at Cambridge. His many novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Who’s Sorry Now? and Kalooki Nights (both longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), and, most recently, The Act of Love. Jacobson is also a respected critic and broadcaster, and writes a weekly column for the Independent. He lives in ...more
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