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Nemesis by Philip Roth
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Mar 05, 2012

it was ok
Read in February, 2012

As a polio survivor, I had been told about this book more than once and felt I should read it. I did know some of what he was talking about, but since I had the disease years later and as a small child, I did not experience the resentment and bitterness that he expressed through his cahracter(s)to such a great extent. (Not saying I didn't feel those things but I felt I had to adapt in life, not give up.) And additionally, though there was definitely stigma involved in my life to a great degree, it was the same kind of prejudice visited upon people racially or financially or in ageist terms. It was not at that time about polio being caused by filth. As to his writing, I don't think he's a great writer and was surprised, given all the accolades he's received. There were passages that were beautifually written, and a few insights about humanity, but, not many in either case. It reminded me of listening to an old lady tell a long story about not much (and then we went to the store, and then we came home, and then Bob was there...", though the topic was such a societal issue. I am writing a book about my polio experience, and at one point found myself thinking, "I write better than he does." That was encouraging, actually!
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Jane Have you finished your book yet?

Francine Gosh, sorry to have taken so long to get to this. No, I haven't finished my book, still working on it; have gotten some very encouraging feedback, though. Am looking into getting an editor, tho a couple of people have told me it barely needs it, only a tad of proofreading, so that's good news. I am mulling whether to do an e-book or self-publish and am about to hire a coach about that process. Thanks for asking! Your note encourages me to "hurry up" which is not an easy thing for a polio survivor to do, but sometimes necessary!

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