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In Zuckerman Unbound — the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound — the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother, all of this amidst the tumult of the late 1960s and his own turbulent career.

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"It was bold of Roth to write a novel about being famous...a comic stroll in a hall of mirrors." Newsweek

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"[Roth's] narrative hand is wonderfully sure, his comic timing worthy of the Ritz Brothers....Not since Henry Miller has anyone learned to be as funny and compassionate and brutal and plaintive in the space of a paragraph." Village Voice

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"Zuckerman Unbound is masterful, sure in every touch, as clear and economical of line as a crystal vase." The New York TImes Book Review

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Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky ("Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?"), but he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisers, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if "target" may be more than a figure of speech.

In Zuckerman Unbound—the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound—the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother...and all because of his great good fortune!

About the Author

In the 1990s Philip Roth won Americas four major literary awards in succession: the National Book Critics Circle Award for Patrimony (1991), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Operation Shylock (1993), the National Book Award for Sabbaths Theater (1995), and the Pulitzer

Prize in fiction for American Pastoral (1997). He won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union for I Married a Communist (1998); in the same year he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. Previously he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Counterlife (1986) and the National Book Award for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus (1959). In 2000 he published The Human Stain, concluding a trilogy that depicts the ideological ethos of postwar America. For The Human Stain Roth received his second PEN/Faulkner Award as well as Britains W. H. Smith Award for the Best Book of the Year. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.” In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians Award for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 20032004.” In 2007 Roth received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Everyman.

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ahsraie, December 12, 2006 (view all comments by ahsraie)
"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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679748991
Author:
Roth, Philip
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Jewish men
Subject:
Novelists, American -- Fiction.
Subject:
Zuckerman, Nathan
Subject:
Novelists -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
No. 3309g
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.04x5.20x.10 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679748991 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It was bold of Roth to write a novel about being famous...a comic stroll in a hall of mirrors."
"Review" by , "[Roth's] narrative hand is wonderfully sure, his comic timing worthy of the Ritz Brothers....Not since Henry Miller has anyone learned to be as funny and compassionate and brutal and plaintive in the space of a paragraph."
"Review" by , "Zuckerman Unbound is masterful, sure in every touch, as clear and economical of line as a crystal vase."
"Synopsis" by , Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky ("Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?"), but he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisers, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if "target" may be more than a figure of speech.

In Zuckerman Unbound—the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound—the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother...and all because of his great good fortune!

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