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The Ghost Writer | [Philip Roth]

The Ghost Writer

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Philip Roth is the master of the uncomfortable, and his alter ego, a connoisseur of self-involvement, self-loathing, and self-examination. In The Ghost Writer, Roth examines the tensions between literature and life, artistic truthfulness and conventional decency.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 11-01-09
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 11-01-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"

    I've listened to this audiobook several times since I downloaded it. It's that good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 03-09-15
    Daniel 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Roth and Guidall, Perfect together."
    What made the experience of listening to The Ghost Writer the most enjoyable?

    The glistening prose and George's reading.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George is a real actor. The way he approaches dialogue keeps you riveted.


    Any additional comments?

    Philip Roth is a brilliant writer, perfectly matched with George Guidall. On to the next in the series.

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    Beth Elkins Park, PA, United States 03-02-15
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    "On what is to write "representing your race"... "

    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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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 04-09-10
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    "Beautifully read but...."

    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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    cynthia FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-05-11
    cynthia FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not worth the time invested"

    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.

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