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Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth
Zuckerman Unbound

ahsraie, December 12, 2006

"Zuckerman Unbound" was a relatively interesting book. It dealt with the generally unknown life of a writer whose work is ill-recieved in his circle. It's something that I, as a writer, have not thought about much--how will what I write be received by the public, my family and friends, the literary comrades I respect? The important thing is to write what you write, and if you happen to get published as Zuckerman did then great! Forget the rest, I say, but then again I do not live in as tight a community as his. In general, Roth comments well on a writer's life, and this book is another example of that. Roth's writing is basically accessible, except that some allusions (much fewer in Unbound than Ghost Writer) are over my head, as I did not grow up in the times nor am I Jewish.

I will say that I do not like the character of Zuckerman and I prefer what the character represents. I find Nathan Zuckerman to be a whiny child who is too far from himself to be successful, and the fact that Roth refers to him as his "alter brain" worries me. Because of Zuckerman it took me a while to get into the book. I actually prefer "Ghost Writer," and would say that if you were going to read ANY Zuckerman novel it be that one. After the first I grew to strongly dislike him, and therefore did not enjoy "Unbound" as much as I might have.

Disclaimer: I read the first 3 "Zuckerman Bound" books in a row, in three weeks, for a class, and then followed those with "Counterlife" in the fourth week. Forgive me if I sound Zuckerman-ed out.
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