Tomcat in Love
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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
In this wildly funny, brilliantly inventive novel, Tim O'Brien has created the ultimate character for our times. Thomas Chippering, a 6'6" professor of linguistics, is a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife, the faithless Lorna Sue, and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets.
But there are complications, including Lorna Sue's brother, Herbie, with whom she has an all-too-close relationship, and the considerable charms of Chippering's new love, the attractive, and of course already married, Mrs. Robert Kooshof, who may at last satisfy Chippering's longing for intimacy.
In Tomcat in Love, Tim O'Brien takes on the battle of the sexes with astonishing results. By turns hilarious, outrageous, romantic, and deeply moving, this is one of the most talked about novels in years: a novel for this and every age.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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I love Tim O'Brien. In so many ways, direct and in metaphor, his is the voice of the men of our shared generation. But this book threw me a curve. I thought it meandering and repetitive and it made me impatient. It also made me laugh and provided me with a few excellent one-liners. In the main, though, I have to say that it gave me little of the pleasure I expect from his writing.
So why four stars? Because buried in all my uncertainty is the knowledge that once again, he has my number. And whatever I may think about the merits, the meaning, or the feel of this unlikely book, it will make me think and reflect. That's good for four stars any day.