What I feel is the most important question on this book, was asked in the first one (ghost writer)... Does the artist have no responsibility towards his loved ones, his family? His father dies (with the word "bastard" on his lips), and once his brother is pushed a bit, you see how much he despises what zuckerman has made of himself (and his family), with his writing. "Do you really think conscience is a jewish invention from which you are immune?.."... The fame factor is also a pretty funny part, the way other people act with him, and how they seem to own him, most of the time thinking he is the character in his book. Very funny, and sad at the same time.