The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

Amusing if slightly familiar tale of New York City middle-class family man on the skids. Subtext-laden dialogue is one of its strengths.


Two-sentence review,
Its brevity haiku-like -
Yet, informative.

Do you see what Keith’s
Done there? Very cleverly

Ha. Actually I have Sam Lipsyte’s first novel lying around somewhere, but I couldn’t quite get into it. I’ve read some good reviews about his latest though, so I might check it out.

I’d not read anything of his before, but the reviews have all been shouting how hilarious this one is, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Philip Roth out of early Kingsley Amis, but still quite amusing, as I say. Worth a couple of hours, anyway.