No More Mr. Nice Guy by Howard Jacobson
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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 Ritz has been in 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?
 

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An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), The Act of Love, and, most recently, The Finkler Question, winner of the Man Booker Prize. Howard Jacobson lives in London.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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when she’s not doing so, she snipes at him for his choice of profession, even though, Frank fumes, “without his watching that crap all day she couldn’t afford the luxury of writing a hundred words a month.” Frank finds himself thrust outside the door, shed of his cocoon.

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“But what happens,” the book blurb plaintively asks, “when sex is all you know and yet no longer what you want?” Frank is 50, and the unforgiving reader might think that he could have developed another hobby by this time.

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cousins drank themselves to death, had multiple marriages, went crazy and so on, just the way people do in other subcultures and classes of society—but Friend shows how these things are done among Wasps, and in particular how the ramifications are hidden from subsequent generations.

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