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Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth
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Apr 25, 2010

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Read in April, 2010

I'm glad this was much better than The Ghost Writer, if only because it somewhat justified my having read The Ghost Writer. Zuckerman came off a little too good in GW, and here he's much fuller, the good and the bad. Still I have no idea why Roth is the Great American Novelist. Perhaps it's there in the books I haven't read, perhaps I'm just too sensitive to the whiny self-righteousness of The Human Stain and that's clouding my judgment. Or perhaps he's over-rated.
I clearly have little to say about this book, except that the second half is much better than the first half, the clever clever bits are cleverer than they were in GW, and that still doesn't excuse shallow clever cleverness.

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