No More Mr. Nice Guy
By Howard Jacobson
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780099274636, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 12, 1999
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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 go where? And do what? Frank has been on heat more or less continuously since he could speak his own name. Let him out of the house and his first instinct is to go looking for sex. Deviant sex, treacherous sex, even straight sex, so long as it’s immoderate — he’s never been choosy. But what happens when sex is all you know but no longer what you want?
Howard Jacobson is the author of four works of nonfiction and several novels, including The Finkler Question, which won the Man Booker Prize; The Mighty Walzer, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for comic writing; and Who's Sorry Now?, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize. He has a weekly column for The Independent and regularly reviews and writes for The Guardian, The Times, and The Evening Standard. Jacobson has also done several specials for British television. He lives in London.
“A savage and scabrously entertaining sex comedy.” -- Sunday Times