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Publisher's Summary

Philip Roth is the most decorated American writer of his generation. In Exit Ghost, this master author crafts what may be the final chapter in the story of his beloved hero Nathan Zuckerman. After 11 years of isolation in his New England mountain refuge, Zuckerman returns to New York City and makes three important connections that threaten his carefully protected sense of isolation.
©2007 Philip Roth; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Zuckerman may die. Roth will die. Readers will die. Literature lives on.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“As usual, Roth's voice is wise and full of rueful wit...” (Publishers Weekly)
“...agonizingly real yet gorgeously rendered...” (Booklist, ALA, Starred Review)

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Vintage Roth - powerful

In this book Roth deals with the trials and tribulations of ageing and illness. Zuckerman, the main character, is torn between the rational course of action and the self destructive and painful desire for a young woman. The futility of this relationship is emphasized by the fact that it can never be consummated due to his impotence. Roth gives us great insights into ageing, sickness and the turmoil caused when the the mind and self are still full of overwhelming, infatuous desire but are trapped in a sick, decaying body.
But you don't have to be old or sick to identify with the sentiments here...Roth just mirrors and magnifies our pathetic human weaknesses and anyone who has suffered the pain of an irrational, all consuming desire will understand this too well. It's a powerfully written book with convincing narration - strongly recommended.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant

A Master who only gets better--he's even got the 21st century under his hat. My only question is why hasn't he been awarded the Nobel yet? Narrator does a fine job on this marvelous book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Ashland, NH, United States
  • 06-04-08

Incredible

I could not stop listening to this book once I started. I listened to it in the car, while I was cutting the grass, and while I was on lunch. I have learned more from Philip Roth about my country then from any politician, history book, or New York Times editorial. He is incredibly perceptive and, in my mind, is the greatest writer of all time.He truly tells it like it is.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • qcathy
  • Queensland Australia
  • 06-23-08

not to my liking

I didn't find this book enjoyable at all - it was boring til the end. In fact if I had been reading the book I don't think I would have gone past the first chapter; all the talk about incontinence was too much, and a 70yr old mans' fondness for young women was distasteful.
All in all I did not enjoy the story...or the reading of it.

4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Gerri
  • Palm Desert, CA, United States
  • 12-13-11

Dirty Old Man

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really time well spent. The story was lacking in integrity and character flaws. Very disappointed that he turned out to be such a dirty old man. A pathetic excuse for a human being.

What could Philip Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Somehow there should have been some redeeming qualities to his main character.

Do you think Exit Ghost needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Garry
  • Crossville, TN, United States
  • 07-19-09

WARNING WARNING

Unless you are an extreme leftist you will hate this book. But, to be fair, if you are a communist and the detailed description of a ‘Marx Like’ character wetting his diaper along with his surroundings sounds appealing, then this might just be the very book for you.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary Ann
  • gainesville, FL, USA
  • 07-25-09

Boring, Liberal Diatribe

Listening to this book is akin to root canal at the dentist,it is a Bush bashing, hate Republican values book, and should be advertised as a political novel.It is dull, boring and morose.Stay away from it at any price.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 11-14-08

Vintage Roth

In this book Roth deals with the trials and tribulations of ageing and illness. Zuckerman, the main character, is torn between the rational course of action and the self destructive desire for a young woman. The futility of this relationship is emphasized by the fact that it can never be consummated due to his impotence. Roth gives us great insights into ageing, sickness and the turmoil caused when the the mind and self are still full of overwhelming, infatuous desire but are trapped in a sick, decaying body.
But you don't have to be old or sick to identify with the sentiments here...Roth just mirrors and magnifies our typical human weaknesses. Anyone who has suffered the pain of an irrational, all consuming desire will understand this too well. It's a powerfully written book with convincing narration - strongly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful