I loved this book, am a latecomer to Roth, listened first to American Pastoral and the Counterlife. This was like the commentator said in the interview: Roth playing a brilliant sonata up and down the key board with intense virtuosity. Extremely satisfying and I preferred it slightly to the Pulitzer Prize Winner, American Pastoral. I liked the narrator better here too. I did not listen to it again because I just listened to Infinite Jest twice, which took seven months or so. This was not quite that hard. I went from this to Franzen's Freedom. Wow, so many great books!
A big rave.
I recommend because of the WW II history of it that is probably as obscure to most people as it was to me. Plus the author's sensibility about life and love is modern, sophisticated and moving.
The scenes in the POW camp in Siam blending horror with high sensibility were most memorable to me.
His voice, of course.
All good modern novels are like cubist paintings, it seems, and this one is no exception. It seems normal now.
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