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Un amore perfetto

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  201 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Felix Quinn è un uomo raffinato ed erudito, amante dell'arte e del piacere, che gestisce una delle più antiche e note librerie antiquarie di Londra. Sua moglie Marisa, ricca e istruita, è una donna indipendente, dal carattere riservato e sfuggente. Felix la adora. Ma poi, poco per volta, inizia a essere ossessionato dall'idea che lei lo tradisca, al punto tale che finisce ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published October 2010 by Cargo (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 17, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
Felix Quinn is not your ordinary cuckold, not some unknowing husband safe in his ignorance or one tormented by suspicion or doubt. No, Felix is the DSM-IV-TR variety. Cuckoldry is his fetish, and to massage it he connives to mate his wife Marisa with the handsome stranger Marius.

A creepy topic, sure, but no more so than, say, pedophilia. And Jacobson channels Nabokov, even if he does not quite match him. This is a fascinating, if uncomfortable, examination of a true pervert. But an intelligent,
Max Sebastian
Mar 07, 2014 Max Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wife-sharing
The Act of Love is a very interesting book, beautifully written, but highly desexualized and starved of real feeling considering the nature of the subject it details, in favour of a more rational, academic analysis and explanation of the kind of man who would give up his wife for another.

There’s plenty of conflicts in this book, I suppose as there would be for the cuckold depicted. The narrator wanted to justify himself by saying that to some extent all men have thoughts of letting their wives
One of the best written books I've ever had the displeasure of slogging through. I started this book at the end of OCT, and after many re-shelvings of the book, I decided to take it down and finish it today. The writing is extremely good; very literate. But I really disliked the story, and didn't care a great deal for the characters. The main character played a very weak person IMO. I didn't like his motives or actions, but he was well written. I also didn't care for the "plot" of the book, but ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A banal, implausible little book that caused me to invent the new genre: "Books I finished reading only because I was stuck on a plane."

Take this principle - "I enjoyed the idea of my wife with another man, though I simultaneously felt conflicted and repelled by my own excitement" - and hyperextend it far beyond its natural lifespan into boring, mantra-like repetition and you have arrived at The Act of Love.
May 31, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some beautiful language and characterisation.

"Art is good for softening a hard herat, but when you are already pulp, art is not what you need. silence is what you need. A wordless dark....."

Nicky Jones
May 15, 2009 Nicky Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very unusual tale beautifully written. How to get right under the skin of a character.
J.A. Carter-Winward
This should have won the Man Booker. This was amazing.
Apr 05, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd book. It took a while to get into and to be honest the plot is a bit lacking. It's the way it's written that makes it. The language is flowery. Actually flowery is quite an inept way to describe it, it's more poetic. It feels. More like a work of proper literature than just a novel. It is a book out of time, juxtaposing a more archaic tone with modern material. In a way I guess this of the beauty of the book because that describes the main protagonist in a nutshell - he is a man ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Ms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully selfish, sexy and bitter about a book-dealer, Felix Quinn, and his wife's infidelity. Felix's reactions to his wife's lover are both understandable and his theory of jealousy are both difficult and true. Any kind of profession of love without jealousy is implied to be a simulacra of love.

The obsessive nature of love and sex is described in brilliantly uncomfortable prose. There is a savagery to the writing which is largely absent from novels featuring the love lives of middle-class,
Carmen Daza Márquez
Curioso el cambio del título, del original "El acto de amor" (The Act of Love) al español "Un acto de amor". Como si la novela tratara de un caso concreto, de la forma peculiar en la que Felix Quinn experimenta el amor hacia su esposa, y no del acto de amor en general. Felix intenta convencer al lector durante toda la novela de que el suyo no es un caso aislado, y que la mayor diferencia entre él y la mayoría de los otros hombres es que él tiene el valor de enfrentarse cara a cara con sus fantas ...more
May 15, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humanity
This is a book about sexual perversion - mainly about the narrator's desire to be a cuckold. So after stealing the luscious Marisa away from her first husband, Felix marries her, then contrives for her to take a lover. The plot continues from there, But the plot is somewhat irrelevant, just a devise for Jacobson to expostulate on the theme of perversion. Jacobson is a towering intellectual, extremely well read and literate - his books challenge the reader. But on page 206, the narrator (Felix) d ...more
Mark Kennedy
Jan 02, 2014 Mark Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacobsen is a witty, literate writer and this novel dives in to explore where love, lust and passion intersect. Of course it is from a male view, those wanting a fully faceted tale can skip this and save themselves some grunts and groans. I was quite taken with the protaganist, Felix Quinn. A husband I could secretly aspire to be, all due to his literary, musical and artistic knowledge, of course.
If you need to be reminded that a sexy life of perpetual longing comes from the mind not the heart,
Feb 11, 2014 Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Sad ending.
Robert Wechsler
Apr 25, 2013 Robert Wechsler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A joy to read. It’s so much better written than the earlier novel of his that I read. It’s a narrative of obsession, and Jacobson seems to revel in obsession. The obsession is with arranging for his wife to cuckold him, to be in control of what he sees as inevitable. It’s fine entertainment.
Barb S.
Aug 23, 2009 Barb S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book although I had to struggle through at some points. It is well written but seems to meander a lot while getting around to the point of telling the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and it seemed to get better & better the further I read.
Feb 24, 2016 Michal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated it. Pompous. Stupid. Could not finish it.
May 25, 2014 Sandee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Jealousy and obsession drive this main character's whole life. I couldn't get past the obsessive documentation of the man he wants to set up to seduce his wife.
Nov 07, 2009 Gabrielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Strange. Though the novel is about obsession, it's written from a very removed point of view. I thought it would have more substance.
Florencia Quarneti
Not only do I love Jacobson's stories. I also love the way he writes. Also, he has a great psychological insight.
Martin Feinstein
Cuckolding, the ultimate fantasy, in upper middle class London, intellectualised and painstakingly analysed.
Please deliver me from the interminable wingeing of grumpy middle aged men!
I gave up the ghost - reads way too much like an un-enjoyable classic .
unbelievable and obsessive in style and substance. majorly quoteworthy.
Jan 01, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once again - boring characters - so didn't finish the book
Not a single mention of Manchester (north or south).
Aug 08, 2010 Momo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than the racy summer read I was expecting!
Feb 25, 2013 Behzad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit weird.
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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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