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Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth
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Nov 03, 2008

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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.
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message 1: by John (new)

John Good insights, good questions -- though if you put them in my pot & cook them a bit, the rating would emerge higher. One more star, I'd say. The book works especially as one of the ZUCKERMAN BOUND foursome, preceded by GHOST WRITER & capped off by PRAGUE ORGY.

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