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Deception by Philip Roth
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Dec 05, 2008

it was ok

Something about “Deception” is reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Scarlett Johansson period, beyond the high end London setting. Better books are hinted referenced or hinted at but obscured by thin plots and limited characterization. Like “Exit Ghosts” and “Indignation,” Roth has grounded one book in another (“The Ghost Writer” for “Deception” and “Exit Ghosts” and “Winesburg, Ohio” for “Indignation”), without ever explaining why. In the end, the fundamental problem of “Deception” is that it never really explains the point of existence; Roth is often a frustrating novelist, but this is book is the rare occasion when he is inconsequential.
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