Kalooki Nights Reviews
"The factual horror of the Holocaust is always close to the emotional core of this twisted tour de force...Jacobson tempers the profane with meditations on what it means to be British and Jewish. " - PW.
"In Kalooki Nights[Jacobson] has taken his skills to a new level and produced a novel of genius." - Michael Bywater, The Independent
"How is one to convey news of the arrival of a work of genius? This powerful, troubling, moving, profound novel is nothing less. What really steals one's breath away is its sharpness and depth of insight -- a sharpness that flays, and a depth almost too vertiginous to describe -- and the remorseless tragedy it unfolds, even as it makes one laugh aloud, sometimes in shock. It is the most intelligent and important novel [in years] . . . It is, to repeat and to repeat plainly, a work of genius." - A. C. Grayling, The Times (London).
"The raging, contentious, hilarious, holy, deicidal, heartbreaking Kalooki Nights ... is a novel that stands toe-to-toe with the greats . . . Jacobson can be funny and serious in the same breath. And yet there is no mistaking the reverence of his intention, or the rage that animates him at the heart of this more-than-a-novel . . . The reader -- entertained, exhausted and ennobled -- will finish this colossal work of art in remembrance and sorrow." - Christopher Cleave, The Daily Telegraph.(London)
"Howard Jacobson's tour de force . . . You don't have to be Jewish to love this book, just human." - Simon Schama, The Guardian (London and Manchester).
"Howard Jacobson . . . is incapable of writing a predictable sentence. [Kalooki Nights] is likely to be the funniest book published this year [with] prose sharper and brighter than any of his contemporaries."- Will Buckley, The Observer (London).
"Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision . . . That the things he is joking about are so dark and dangerous makes the jokes even better. And it dawns on you that the book isn't really just about being Jewish at all. It's about being human." - Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard (London).
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