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The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
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Apr 01, 2012

it was ok

I have a feeling Roth is one of those authors you read to make yourself feel smarter and end up questioning the number of IQ points you have. For someone who's received as many awards and accolades as he has, I found this book to be, well, boring. Boy meets his idol, sees girl, wants girl. End of story. Big woo.

Maybe I missed something here, on the greater role the story plays in regards to society or some such nonsense, which is what makes me think my intelligence may not be up to the task of figuring out what the hell was so great about this book.

I tried reading The Human Stain some time ago. Dirty old man uses Viagra to get it on with a younger woman who doesn't know any better. Again. Big woo.

Sigh. I guess I'll have to say unfortunately, Mr. Roth, you are not for me. And I did so want to feel smarter for having read your work.
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Cindy Exactly how I felt!

Brandyn Companion Top kek; if you wanna feel smarter about reading then go check out Evola and Focault, you welch. If you honestly don't see the inherent meaning behind one of the greatest depictions of Jewish culture in American literature then GTFO. You don't read Roth to feel smarter, you read Roth to FEEL.

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