In a tour de force of black comedy, award-winning novelist Tim O'Brien explores the battle of the sexes and creates a savage, startlingly inventive tale with a memorably maddening hero, a modern-day Don Juan who embodies the desires and bewilderment of men everywhere. Pompous, vain, shallow, inconsiderate, untrustworthy, fickle...linguistics ...
In a tour de force of black comedy, award-winning novelist Tim O'Brien explores the battle of the sexes and creates a savage, startlingly inventive tale with a memorably maddening hero, a modern-day Don Juan who embodies the desires and bewilderment of men everywhere. Pompous, vain, shallow, inconsiderate, untrustworthy, fickle...linguistics professor Thomas 'Tomcat' Chippering is a man much like any other. But when his serial flirting finally drives his wife into the arms of a Florida tycoon, it is more than his fragile pride can stand, and he sets off in pursuit, with vengeance on his mind...
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This is my least favorite of O'Brien's novels, by a pretty big margin. It resembles Nabokov's Lolita in ways but suffers hugely by the comparison. The main character is not very interesting, his compulsions becomes boring and repetitious (unlike Humbert Humbert's in Lolita), and the novel lacks variety in action and characterization. If you haven't read O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods, do so. It is Much better than Tomcat. Tomcat in Love is an offense to Cat Lovers everywhere!
May 21, 2008
Love that Tomcat
What a fun book to read. Tom is a frustrating type a guy, whose lying mind is slowly exposed throughout his narrative. For women, it's an excellent guide to how a man's mind (might) works. Tim O'Brien is one of the best writers we have.
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