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The Making of Henry by Howard Jacobson
In The Making of Henry, Henry Nagel is pushing 60 and has just inherited an apartment in St John's Wood. He'd never married, preferring to seduce the wives of his colleagues, but as he approaches his senior years, his appeal to women has diminished. The new apartment affords him what he expects to be a solitary life during his senior years, but he finds himself falling for a younger waitress and making friends with a new neighbour. As his new life unwinds before him, he constantly obsesses about his old life, including conversations with his dead father and his envy for a childhood schoolmate who's made it big in Hollywood. Howard Jacobson's novel has received mostly positive reviews with Sunday in Scotland saying, "I fully expected to hate The Making Of Henry, but by the second or third page I was being won over. By page 16 I was laughing out loud - and I kept laughing until the end of this warm, tender and hilarious novel. Forget the theorising - Jacobson is screamingly funny."