ISBN 9780099274728,The Mighty Walzer

The Mighty Walzer


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Random House

Publication Year 2000

ISBN 9780099274728

ISBN-10 0099274728


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)

General & literary fiction

From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural - at ping-pong. Even with his improvised bat (the Collins Classic edition of DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE) he can chop, flick, half-volley like a champion. At sex he is not a natural, being shy and frightened of women, but with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, his game improves. And while the Akiva boys teach him everything he needs to know about ping-pong, his father, Joel Walzer, teaches him everything there is to know about 'swag'. Unabashedly autobiographical, this is an hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man's coming of age in 1950's Manchester. It is Howard Jacobson's masterpiece.

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