At 23, Nathan Zuckerman has already hurt his family with his autobiographical art and ruined his relationship with adultery and dishonesty.
Visiting his reclusive idol (famed for his "blend of sympathy and pitilessness") in the Berkshires, the writer watches himself watching himself and attempts to confront his work and life. Events, however, have their revenge, weaving more out of control than even he can anticipate or ask for.
©1979 Philip Roth; (P)2002 Recorded Books
"I had only to read the two opening sentences to realize that I was once again in the hands of a superbly endowed storyteller." (The New York Review of Books)
"Further evidence that Roth can do practically anything with fiction. His narrative power - the ability to delight the reader simultaneously with the telling and the tale - is superb." (The Washington Post)
"Roth's most controlled and elegant work...serious, intelligent, dramatic, acutely vivid, slyly and wickedly funny...seductive far beyond its brief efficiency." (Village Voice)
An aspirant protégé's stay with an aging writer occasions some sexual envy, wistfulness. The question of mutual Jewishness is considered, within the context of being human.
A short and excellent book, written with the Rothian wit that recalls books of Evelyn Waugh.
Nathan Zuckerman is Philip Roth's greatest creation. Ghost Writer is the first of roughly 8 books "authored" by Roth's Zuckerman. In Ghost Writer we are introduced to one of the great dilemmas that Roth and any serious writer will encounter in his career, how do you write truthfully, fiction or non-fiction, without hurting the ones close to you? This is a great book, and just the beginning for Zuckerman. Highly recommended.
The glistening prose and George's reading.
George is a real actor. The way he approaches dialogue keeps you riveted.
Philip Roth is a brilliant writer, perfectly matched with George Guidall. On to the next in the series.
I'm afraid I just didn't "get it". I found it generally boring and the "self involved" lead character, trying. It was only the wonderful performance of George Guidall that kept me listening.
I didn't enjoy this book at all. It wasn't what I expected, and I found it tedious to get through, despite it's relatively short length. I'm not saying it was a bad book; obviously Roth is a celebrated author. It just wasn't for me.
A powerful meditation on the complex task of any minority group member who becomes a writer (or anything else?) - - how much should you weigh the potential to be seen as representing your group? How much is the personal voice to be discounted over such concerns? Roth explores these questions, at first in more predictable ways, and then with a fascinating and powerful twist.
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