Reviews

  • "<b>A satire in Swiftian vein, this is Howard Jacobson’s fifteenth novel and first hand grenade.</b> If Trump’s policy is to move fast and break things, then he has a competitor in Jacobson, who began <i>Pussyv </i>in the aftermath of Trump’s election victory and completed well before Trump’s catastrophic failure to repeal Obamacare… <b>It has all the qualities of a fleet response: undigested rage, whip-smart wit devastating fluency and an aim as straight as an arrow</b>… This is the story, savagely well told by <b>our greatest comic novelist</b>, of how we got in the state we’re in."

    Oldie
  • "The pairing of author and subject sounds divinely ordained: <b>The world’s smartest comic novelist vs. a TV reality star who ran for president while bragging about his genitals.</b>"

    Washington Post
  • "There are many aesthetic pleasures to be had in <i>Pussy</i>. If Trump’s presidency is a source of continuing anxiety, then among its very few benefits is that <b>it has moved one of our finest comic writers to write an elegantly savage satire </b>of a man who defies satire."

    Observer
  • "Jacobson is… <b>on target and deliciously laugh-aloud nasty</b> about not just the making of this rough beast but what in the American character enabled it to go slouching into the White House."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "This is <b>top-class comment writing, disguised in the form of a satirical jeu d’esprit</b>… It is, to quote the title of Jacobson’s own study of comedy, Seriously Funny."

    The Times
  • "Angry… In common with many a <b>classic satire</b>, <i>Pussy</i> is written as a fable… It’s all great fun… Jacobson is very good on the nuances of the Trump phenomenon, both in terms of what’s alarming about it and why it has struck such a resonant chord… And <b>even if his book is unlikely to topple any governments, it may at least, as its author hopes, spread comfort in some quarter and vexation in others.</b>"

    UK Press Syndication
  • "<b>The book brilliantly portrays a world in which language and the complexity of ideas that it can convey has been devalued</b>… The novel hurtles breathlessly through a bildungsroman of the young prince from “baby celebrity” to idling away his boyhood watching reality TV shows, to becoming a young man fantasising about prostitutes and being a Roman emperor, to the moment he runs for election… <b>Fascinating</b>."

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  • "For anyone thinking that <i>Pussy</i> is a comic novel, beware: the book is relentlessly unfunny. But this should not be taken as a criticism; rather, recognition of just how <b>creepily well realized </b>and bleak Jacobson’s vision of the Trump phenomenon turns out to be… It also <b>captures, with chilling accuracy, the way Trumpism is a reflection of the post-literate world we increasingly inhabit</b>… Bullseye, Mr Jacobson. This is a novel that has much to say about how Mussolinis like Trump coerce others into succumbing to their profoundly myopic, Manichaean world-view."

    New Statesman
  • "Howard Jacobson's reaction to the recent US election is <b>viciously sharp, and almost too close to the bone to be funny</b>… After the result, Jacobson… churned out 50,000 lacerating words in the form of a fable, one <b>filled to its margins with viciously sharp humour and gossamer-thin allusions to reality</b>… While delirious in its excoriations, <i>Pussy</i> can be hard to laugh at at times as it is so on-the-nose, in much the same way many rock bands find <i>This is Spinal Tap</i> too accurate to be outright comedy… <b>A seething little nugget of a book</b>."

    Irish Independent
  • "What immediately stands out is how different this is from most of Jacobson’s fiction. <b>This is all-out political satire, a punchy attack on President Trump</b>… Fracassus is a Nero for our times. Monstrous. Larger than life. Jacobson captures him with some excellent turns of phrase."

    Jewish Chronicle
  • "<i>Pussy</i>, written at huge speed, is <b>a brilliant send-up of President Trump</b> and a departure from Jacobson’s usual contemporary fiction. Published this week, the <b>deliciously funny</b> satire takes wry pot shots at the most powerful man in the US and his inner circle and <b>raises serious questions about morality, identity and truth in today’s increasingly strange political world</b>."

    Jewish News
  • "<i>Pussy…</i> is an aberration for the writer oft-described as Britain’s greatest living comic novelist: a curious and purposefully not that funny moral fable written at lightning speed in “a fury of disbelief”."

    Scotsman