Jake's Thing

Jake's Thing

Nearing sixty, Jake goes in pursuit of his lost libido. But is sex really worth it? As liberationists abuse him; a hostess bores him into bed; and even his wife starts acting oddly, Jake seriously begins to wonder....

Title:Jake's Thing
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140050967
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    Jake's Thing Reviews

  • Warwick

    One reads Jake's Thing now in a mood of embarrassed depression: embarrassed by the details we're given of a failing middle-aged libido and the efforts undergone to fix it, and depressed by the general...

  • Nicole

    Reading reviews of this book, one could be forgiven for thinking that its target was women, womankind, and all feminism. It's not. His primary target is his shrinks, and his secondary target appears t...

  • Stela

    During the twenty-minute waiting between the two buses I have to take to go to work every day I – read of course, what else? Usually slim books that don’t weigh a lot in my purse, like Kingsley Am...

  • F.R.

    Yes, the pun in the title is intended.Jake Richardson is an Oxford don, approaching his sixties, who suffers a failing libido. Therapy leads to group therapy and in-between there is drunken fumbling a...

  • PhebeAnn

    I had read Amis novels before (Lucky Jim & The Green Man) and found Lucky Jim in particular to be funny as it is a satire of academic culture. Following my reading of Lucky Jim, I had picked up a hand...

  • Todd

    Kingsley Amis was one of the most fearless, honest, and, of course, hilarious of writers. "Jake's Thing" is superb. "Lucky Jim" is one of the great books of all time, maybe one of my 2 or 3 favorites ...

  • Jonathan Pool

    Jake's Thing is a book ostensibly about sexual inadequacy. It is a book that offers Kingsley Amis another opportunity to lay down his version of Men are from Mars and Women from Venus. Jake's Thing is...

  • Michelle Luksh

    I purchased this little number in Cambodia after just destroying a very very 'happy' pizza. I was stoned and lured in by the sexual sounding synopsis on the back cover and basically wanted to find out...

  • Bryan Murphy

    At a certain point in life, you begin to realise that curmudgeons have a point, and you can relax and begin to laugh with rather than at this Curmudgeon's Charter penned with the vitriolic wit of King...

  • Mauro

    A book that grows on you as you read it. Funnily misogynist certainly on purpose (probably inspired in Amis's own personal misgivings with the fragile sex).Up to the middle I was thinking of the old a...