The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E. I. Lonoff.
At Lonoff's, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman of indeterminate foreign background who turns out to be a former student of Lonoff's and who may also have been his mistress. Zuckerman, with his active, youthful imagination, wonders if she could be the paradigmatic victim of Nazi persecution. If she were, it might change his life.
The first volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound, The Ghost Writer is about the tensions between literature and life, artistic truthfulness and conventional decency—and about those implacable practitioners who live with the consequences of sacrificing one for the other.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - benjaminsiegel - LibraryThing
Loved meeting Zuckerman. Wonder how much a trip to Connecticut to meet Philip Roth would feel like a visit to E.I. Lonoff. Pet theory: this book is an extended rewrite of Bob Dylan's great "Went to See The Gypsy." Thoughts? Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Roth seems obsessed with being Jewish and even makes his own obsession an obsession. This is early Roth in all his autobiographical glory. One of his characters thinks she's Anne Frank (or is it that she really is?). Lacks the uproarious fun of _Portnoy's Complaint_, but retains wry humor. Read full review
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Cultural Haunting: Ghosts and Ethnicity in Recent American Literature
No preview available - 1998
Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-conscious Fiction
No preview available - 1984