From the winner of the National Book Award - a wildly funny, brilliantly inventive novel about a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets. 'Tim O'Brien is the best American writer of his generation.' San Francisco Examiner Acclaimed for his ...
From the winner of the National Book Award - a wildly funny, brilliantly inventive novel about a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets. 'Tim O'Brien is the best American writer of his generation.' San Francisco Examiner Acclaimed for his award-winning fiction about the Vietnam War, Tim O'Brien now enters the territory of John Irving and Joseph Heller to take on the war between the sexes - and creates a masterpiece of black comedy. A wickedly accurate portrait of obsessive love that manages to be both fiercely comic and profoundly moving, Tomcat in Love introduces a blundering, modern-day Don Juan who captures the desires and bewilderment of men everywhere - Thomas Chippering, a pompous linguistics professor and incorrigible flirt, whose wife has left him for a suntanned tycoon. Determined to win her back, or at least wreck her new relationship, he heads for Florida - and a hurricane of trouble.
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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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