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Him Her Him Again The End of Him

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Patricia Marx is one of the finest comic writers of her time, as readers of The New Yorker and fans of Saturday Night Live already know. Her fiction debut is an endlessly entertaining comic novel about one woman’s romantic fixation on her first boyfriend.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2006)
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Pdxstacey
Sep 08, 2007 Pdxstacey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steve Martin
Sorry Lindsay, I didn't like this book.

The first half made me very anxious and brought back bad memories of stupid people I dated in college. I found myself flipping to the back and looking at the author's photo. She looks very pleased with herself.

Have you ever spent time with someone who does stand up? It can be very annoying. I used to be friends with a screenwriter, he would often tell me how amazed he was at the sharpness of his own mind. What do you say to a comment like that? Well, there...more
Jennifer Cooper
Neurosis can be entertaining-- Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, and Larry David have the money and fame to prove it. Unfortunately, this book shows that neurosis can also be intensely annoying.

This book's unnamed 'heroine' is an insecure, immature, obsessive loser who can't seem to get her life together. She drops out of school, loses multiple jobs, sponges off her parents, attaches herself to a man who has no real interest in her, annoys her friends (and readers), and generally refuses to act like...more
Deb Victoroff
Kind of funny. Probably great if you are the kind of woman who likes men to have sex with you, then he goes and has sex with your best friend, and your sister, and then your mother, and then your poodle, and then you have sex with them again and then you pine over them when they go to have sex with your therapist to whom you're telling your tale of woe.

The protagonist of this novel is an absolute idiot (despite many many MANY mentions of her ivy league background and her attempts to complete a P...more
Nora
I cackled in anticipation when I picked up this book from the library. The cover boasted glowing blurbs from people I consider funny and/or smart, such as Steve Martin, David Rakoff, Roz Chast, and Adam Gopnik. I did NOT laugh out loud at any point, as some of the blurbs assured me I would, and I am totally open to laughing out loud. Perhaps the author IS hilarious a)if you know her or b)for the length of a SNL skit (she is a former writer for them) or a picture book (she has written some with R...more
Anita Dalton
Can you love unreservedly a book that enthralls you but falls apart in the final pages? I think you can. You can love it the same way you love your cat who continually butt drags on the beige carpet. The cat is loving, adorable, a delight in every way except that terrible surprise waiting for you when you walk downstairs. It irritates you fiercely when it happens but mostly you recall all the times the beast has made you happy. That’s the approach I am taking with this book: the great fun of th...more
Africableu
Fluffy, nonsense book I read on the way to Colorado for a funeral. If I weren't trapped in the car with no alternative, I'm not sure I would've bothered finishing it -- pretty inane stuff. There were some funny bits, and the author had a pithy style -- but the heroine -- ugh! I never did like her and her ridiculous way of putting up with the man who did her wrong. I know it was supposed to be ironic but I just found it annoying.
Iris
This book is horrible. Not worth anybody's time. The plot is somewhat trite: girl loves boy, boy rejects girl but uses her, girl pines for boy and loses her self-esteem and self-respect in the process. I suppose the author thought she was being very clever and funny by injecting stream of consciousness musings wherever she saw fit. And [spoiler alert] I suppose she thought that it would be some sort of redemption to have the boy meet his comeuppance at the end. But really, that comes way too lat...more
Ashley Lane
I don't even know what to say! This quote from the book basically sums it up for me: "Once you do something against your better judgment, it gets easier to do something else against your better judgment, and pretty soon, you’re doing things against everyone’s better judgment."

The girl (heroine??) is a moron, pretty neurotic, and at times as self-absorbed as the book's "protagonist," Eugene. She's really kind-of awful at times. I got completely annoyed with her and Eugene both.

At the same time- I...more
Jen
This is an odd book. I found the first section hilarious; the writing style is random, abrupt, and often hard to follow, but I thought that was part of its quirky charm. However, I can see why a lot of people don't like it: if you've never fallen for or met an intellectual snob back in college, then you just won't relate to the narrator's plight at all. And there are a lot - and I mean a LOT - of references to obscure literature and words even the well-read (myself included) will not understand....more
Stacy
Too clever by half is the best phrase I can think of to describe this book. I still can't believe I finished it, because I found the experience of reading it mostly excruciating. It follows the many-year affair of a woman who can't seem to find a job or a direction in life and a boorish academic a-hole who uses her over and over and treats her like crap. It's one of those ha-ha-isn't-my-life-pathetic kind of books, but I never really saw the humor in it.

Holding onto a thought and actually explo...more
Diana
I bought this because of a glowing review in the New York Times that claimed it was funny and insightful, but I think the review must have been by one of her friends, because this book is not entertaining. This is thinly-veiled autobiography, and Patricia Marx comes across as an over-privileged brat. Everything is told from the satirical distance of hindsight to the extent that we never understand why she likes Eugene, the guy who her life revolves around, even after he gets married to another w...more
katie
this book is supposedly funny, but I'm pretty sure it's funny in that weird way that only books can be funny to book critics -- meaning, it wasn't funny in the least. I kept waiting for the book to get interesting and instead it actually got significantly worse as it went along, completely devolving into insipidness at the ending. and the main characters were uniquely unlikable in every way. I give it 2 stars instead of 1 because there are a few things about the pathetic ways in which some girls...more
Heather
I kept waiting for this book to pick up and become good or at the very least the author would give some reason for sympathizing with the protagonist. I finished the book, but I didn't feel my time was worth it. I work at a library and I see this book checked out because the cover looks like it could fit in next to a cozy mystery or some chick lit mystery, but I now know why nobody has said anything about the book even though it checks out alot. The audiobook has such a great reader and at times...more
Mindy
At best, this is a completely erratic writer incapeable of stringing together more than two connected thoughts. The transitions are clumsey, she overuses obscure words and constantly makes reference to little know scientists and philosphers. Further, the narrator arrogantly refuses to decribe situations or characters. This book is a total waste of time and I wouldn't bother finishing it if I weren't obligated to for my book club. Ironicly, it was chosen (by the book club) for it's comedic slant...more
Sara
I read a book like this one when I was 22: depressed, living in Wichita ks, read in one sitting- well under the covers while nursing feelings of emotional angst that left me feeling immobilized and terrified of life. The book then was the Bridget jones diary. This current version, this him, her etc. Is like watching tv in book form. It seems like the author wrote it on a drunken binge, the plot and characters return randomly, funny stories are nonsequitors taken to the extream. Yet, bad books ca...more
Johanna
The writing style was different, almost stream of conscious, with lots of detailed quirkiness and dry, irony. It took me a while to adjust my reading ear the unusual voice, but eventually I found the groove. (It's kinda of like trying to adjust my reading ear to understanding Shakespeare when I haven't read it in a while.) The book had plenty of colorful characters surrounding the protagonist and lots of unique, out-of-nowhere-but-bizarrely funny plot twists. I really wanted to like it, but in t...more
Irene
I get that it was **supposed** to be funny; and, there were some brief moments where I laughed half-heartedly.

I didn't learn anything from this book that my mother and aunt didn't teach me about dealing with men, such as "Don't throw yourself at them because after they use you up and drain you of light and love, they throw you back out!"

I may fit this one in with the shelf entitled "semi-funny cautionary tales of women who need to work on their self-esteem"
Hanna Arnesen
I found this book difficult to get into and I did not like her writing style. The book was very convoluted and had lots of tangents which made for a disjointed story line that while trying to be humorous really was just annoying. Although the ending was funny and I enjoyed the irony of it I found the rest of the book a very unsatisfactory preamble to the last 30 pages.....if you exclude the two pages she spent thanking every person she has ever met, talked to or shaken hands with that she added...more
Anne
Enjoyable enough, funny in places, started to get old towards the end, and I pretty much wanted to punch Eugene and shake some sense into the narrator whose name, if we ever learned it, I have completely forgotten. And I just finished the book three minutes ago.
svm
i picked this one up at a library sale. the librarian taking my $2 said it was fantastic. she was right. in parts, it felt like a fictionalized version of bossypants, which was not really a surprise since the author has a similar background to fey.
Reva Friedel
I read this book in about a day. I was poolside in Vegas and gave up on This is How You Lose Her about 11-pages in. So, this book seemed like a treat because it was a quick read. The nameless "heroine" in this book was clearly created to make all of us ladies feel better about ourselves. It's like, no matter how dumb we are when it comes to love, she will out-dumb us every damn day. And it's not just in love, it's in life. This chick is a total waste of space and I'd like to punch her in the fac...more
Amy
HATED this book. Kept skimming it to see if it'd get better. Loathed the heavy-handed intellectualism. Didn't find it funny at all. Didn't like a single character in the whole book.
Badly Drawn Girl

I couldn't get through this book. I didn't find it to be the least bit funny or even mildly amusing. It was just irritating. I didn't even get half way through before tossing it aside.
Devon
I was not sure what to expect from a book dubbed by one reviewer (who claims she has no ties to Ms. Marx whatsoever) to be the funniest book ever. But the intriguing title and Patricia Marx impressive credentials as a former SNL writer and contributer to the New Yorker made me push all the other books in my "to be read" pile to the side and pick up 'HIM HER HIM AGAIN THE END OF HIM' as soon as I received it.

The story follows Marx's unnamed heroine through the trials and tribulations of her rela...more
Snotchocheez
As clunky to read as its title, "Him Her Him Again The End of Him" is a skittery mess of a novel that just barely redeems itself with its humor and wit; a 230+ page comedic novel shouldn't have to take weeks to read just to decipher the comedy (such that it is here). Ms. Marx' style of writing is perhaps more suited to sketch comedy (where, evidently from the blurbs and the somewhat-autobiographical storyline, she was once employed by SNL). The protagonist (thinly veiled as the author) while wor...more
Ines Garcia
When I first bought this book I judged it stupidly by the cover. I'm sure Patricia put the Knife into Him to throw people off into what may be seen as a suspense thriller theme. Clearly one cannot judge a good story when one has only been involved with three chapters. I initially thought it was good due to the humor and writing and thought to recommend it to a friend or two. Then I quickly realized after the fourth chapter I was dead wrong. But I continued on hoping that the main character would...more
Geoff
If I were to write a novel, I assume it would be something like this one, somewhat scatter-brained, somewhat genius and somewhat ludicrous.

I enjoyed the author’s conversational tone, but sometimes the informality of it when she trailed off into the could haves and would haves fell into a long trailing run on lists which are evenly entertaining and annoying. (Entertaining because we all know we do it, and me more so than others, and annoying because after the first few times it seemed wanton and...more
Kate
From the NYer columnist. Very Bridget Jones thus far....

Okay, I love Patricia Marx' columns in the New Yorker about shopping and she's had some very funny articles about Texas high end shopping and the kosher process in China as well. Her credits include Saturday Night Live and Rugrats (a guilty pleasure during my babysitting years) so I thought this sounded like a nice highbrow chicklit novel, the perfect antidote to some of the technical finance literature I've been slogging through in my day...more
Meg Granger
This is like the Seinfeld of books: clever, hilarious, but ultimately about nothing in particular. Patricia Marx is a comic writer for Saturday Night Live, and that may have something to do with why her book reads like a collection of comedic sketches (but, like, funny ones).

"Her" is a neurotic, underachieving American undergraduate at Cambridge University. "Him" is narcissistic philosopher Eugene Obello, the guy she falls for to a MOST unhealthy degree. Her obsession with him isn't deterred by...more
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Born in Abingdon, Pennsylvania, she earned her B.A. from Harvard University in 1975. Her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Atlantic Monthly. Marx is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, and one of the first two women elected to the Harvard Lampoon.[1][2] She is the author of the 2007 novel...more
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“But that's typical of me. "This is going to end in tears," I tell myself every time I balance a cup of coffee on the upholstered arm of the chair I'm sitting on. And then, lo and behold, the cup topples and even before it lands, I tell myself, "Told me so!" Not to spell out, or spill out, one of the metaphors of my life, but I always do the stupid thing and then I do it again. I never learn.” 12 likes
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