The Act of Love

  • by Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by Mike Grady
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Felix Quinn calls himself a happy man until his wife, Marisa, has an affair. Then an event occurs that changes everything. At a stroke he goes from dreading the thought of someone else touching her to thinking about nothing else, knowing no peace until she betrays him again and again. But how can it be called betrayal if it is what he wants?


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Achingly intense, naked story

I read 'The Very Model of a Man' by Howard Jacobson years ago, and his incredibly deft use of language stayed with me.

The Act of Love is no different. Jacobson's writing is breathtaking. His imagery is fierce and fresh and punches through the reader's assumptions. He also skillfully and mercilessly lays bare the very human and very flawed heart of man.

This is the story of a driven, emotionally masochistic man. Although the character is extreme, the story pushes us to ask questions about ourselves. About possession, jealousy, belonging and, in a strange way, the things in life we seek out to make us feel vital and alive.

I can't recommend this book enough. It's magnificent.
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- Madeleine "Audiobook addict."

Not the usual Jacobson

I am a great admirer of Howard Jacobson's writing, Some have considered him the English Philip Roth. To me he is far a better writer -- wiser, more perceptive. But this is certainly not the Howard Jacobson of books like Kalooki Nights and The Finkler Question. It isn't the writing nor the excellent narrator that I found so unpleasant -- just the theme of the novel. Proceed with caution. There are so many other Jacobson books far more worthy of being offered in audio.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks