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)
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.
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.
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