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Exit Ghost by Philip Roth
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Aug 19, 08

bookshelves: literature, american
Read in November, 2007

Two stars might be a bit harsh, Roth still is a great writer. Yet, compared to what it might of been, I don't think it's too severe.

To be sure, Roth and his alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, have always been fascinated and obsessed with sex. This time around we get nothing but laments, understandable, since the character is now 71. It's unfortunate that Roth hasn't aged particularly well. To compound the woes, this is also a post 9/11 New York novel, so Roth slogs through some very well-trod territory.

The book shines in spots but that also highlights the stretches of perfunctory prose and unconvincing dialogue. On the whole, a rather uneven effort.
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