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by Tim O'Brien

  • ISBN: 0002258196
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Tim O'Brien
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: lit lrf rtf mbr
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Flamingo, London; First British Edition edition (1999)
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • FB2 size: 1503 kb
  • EPUB size: 1761 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 114
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Tomcat in Love is a funny book when it intends to be, but ultimately it’s not a comic book in the Philip Roth vein. Tomcat in Love continues O’Brien’s movement away from traditional combat fiction and into the theme of warriors stranded in our midst.

Tomcat in Love is a funny book when it intends to be, but ultimately it’s not a comic book in the Philip Roth vein. It’s something new and wholly original. O’Brien shows us the quaking rage of jealousy, the deep eroticism of new love, and the ultimate despair of a failed relationship. It is his edgiest, most flamboyant performance ye. Chippering is not pleasant company and is not meant to be.

I jerked up, but Mrs. Robert Kooshof was already sighing. Tom, do you love me? she whispered. Well, I murmured, it’s interesting you should ask, then I went on to discuss the nature of love, the physics of infinity. Even a little? I am convinced it was not a coincidence. Fate again: the conjunction of weather and a misled life. I did everything in my power to avoid the word no. Yes or no? she said. And so, for the second time that day, I heard myself requesting a rain check. I guess that means no. No, I said.

Not what I imagined love to be. Right or wrong, my entire life had been devoted to Lorna Sue-the one and only, the girl of my dreams-and there was no relief from the unspeakable pain of betrayal, the grief and horror. Right or wrong, my entire life had been devoted to Lorna Sue-the one and only, the girl of my dreams-and there was no relief from the unspeakable pain of betrayal, the grief and horror, those aching ligaments of love that reached all the way back into childhood.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Read for my book club, TOMCAT IN LOVE was not loved by everyone . A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED In this wildly funny. this misogynist's tale is told with much humor and adventure. Tim O'Brien is in fine shape with his narrative holding well. One person found this helpful.

Tomcat in Love is a novel by Tim O'Brien, about the misadventures of a womanizing linguistics Professor, Thomas H. Chippering, originally published in hardcover by Broadway Books, in 1998. Written in the first person, the tale unfolds with extensive use of flashback (what Chippering would insist be called "analepsis") and foreshadowing.

Tim O'Brien-acclaimed for his fiction about the Vietnam War-has now taken on the battle between the sexes with astonishing results. By turns hilarious, outrageous, romantic, and deeply moving, Tomcat in Love gives us a blundering, modern-day Don Juan who embodies the desires and bewilderments of men everywhere.

In Tomcat in Love, Tim O'Brien takes on the battle of the sexes with astonishing results. O'Brien always seems to dig into these nooks and crannies of the psyche that go unexplored by most authors Читать весь отзыв.

But Tim O'Brien is an incredible writer and the book is worth it if only to experience his talent at creating such a thoroughly believable and detestable character

But Tim O'Brien is an incredible writer and the book is worth it if only to experience his talent at creating such a thoroughly believable and detestable character. Oct 11, 2019 Kaitlin rated it really liked it.

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Reviews about Tomcat In Love (7):
Whilingudw
Tim O'Brien has created a masterpiece of a comic protagonist in his character Thomas Chippering. The brilliance of Tomcat in Love is that it can so easily be misread by the inattentive reader. I think O'Brien wanted it that way.
The narrator (Chippering) is as unreliable as a narrator can be, and his whole character highlights the idea that the world is nothing but perceptions, and that perceptions vary for everyone. The power and flexibility of words is a key theme in this text, and I found myself stopping often while reading it to think about the connotations I place on certain words and how my life events have shaped those views.
Chippering is not perfect, polite, or even that self aware, but he is intelligent, wounded, and wants to be loved. He is an amalgamation of so many human emotions, and he desires what most of us want. As he says in the book, "Each of us I suppose, needs his illusions. Life after death. A maker of planets. A women to love, a man to hate. Something sacred." The tragedy of Thomas Chippering is that he has placed value on all the wrong things. Now that his world is crumbling, he begins to see (although O'Brien hints that Chippering will never be fully self aware) that he has wasted much time in self delusion.
This is a comic text, but the themes are deadly serious. "Know thyself" the philosopher said. Sadly, so many of us, like Chippering, don't.
Welahza
Tim O'Brien has been a favorite of mine for nearly 25 years. His books are always deep and insightful, but they reached new levels of somberness with "The Lake of the Woods". "Tomcat In Love" is a delightfully unexpected left turn and reveals a surprisingly sharp comic talent.
I usually find it difficult to enjoy a novel with a protagonist I can't admire. But Thomas Chippering is so delighfully self delusional that you can't help but giggle as he digs himself in deeper with every scheme he contrives. And yet amazingly you find yourself rooting for this buffoon as reaches new depths of social ineptitude. Other reviewers mention that Chippering is an unreliable narrator, but it is important to realize that he actually believes all the lies he is telling. Half the fun of reading this comic novel is reading between the lines to distinguish where what is really happening diverges from what Chippering is telling you.
This is a funny, funny book. Even so, it confronts the reader with many serious issues, particularly the objectification of women. There's plenty to think about while you are laughing at the characters. That's one reason this book stays with you much longer than most comic novels.
I gave a copy of this novel to my father, and after he finished it he sent it along to my brother. Tim O'Brien is exactly a generation between me and my father, and while there's plenty we can't see eye to eye on, we both found this novel extremely entertaining.
Tim O'Brien is a treasure. Read this book!
Sha
I love this book. Tomcat is a wild and crazy guy. He's a lover, a charmer, a scoundrel, a dog; but you got to love The Tomcat. I was so thoroughly impress with the writing it was hard to believe that Tim O'Brien could develop this cad. Thank you Tim.
Bearus
This book was such a trip. After the gritty realism/surrealism of The Things They Carried, I was blown away by how over-the-top this one is. However, the different atmosphere doesn't make it a bad book. I enjoyed it a lot and found myself both laughing and cringing at the main character.
Whitestone
It was fairly funny but about 3/4 thru the humor was poor and much was based on women, even girl children.
Chi
Read for my book club, TOMCAT IN LOVE was not loved by everyone. A tale of an academic who teaches linguistics...among his classes is "Methods of Misogyny"... this misogynist's tale is told with much humor and adventure. Tim O'Brien is in fine shape with his narrative holding well.
It's so easy
My third reading. Better every time. Tim O'Brien has a way of casting the reader in the role of shrink. It's okay with me, Tim.
O'Brien is one of our best living writers. Fascinating goofy characters here. Amazing stretch for this author. Long live Tim! More more more...

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