With the reading of Exit Ghost (Vintage International)
by Philip Roth. I complete my Notable Book Challenge for the year! Yay! I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to do it next year. It actually gets easier because it is turning into a perpetual challenge, which is basically read as many of the notable books as you want. Sounds pretty simple, the only problem is that I was not all that thrilled with some of my choices this year, true I did find and love The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Heart-Shaped Box which I may not have discovered had I not just randomly chosen them from the lists. I think next year, I will be more selective in my choices. I think I will try again for five books. Did you notice what happened in this paragraph? I started out saying I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it, and then by the end I’ve decided to read 5 books! That’s me..wishy washy.
So, anyway back to my review of Exit Ghost. Apparently is the eleventh book by Philip Roth to feature Nathan Zuckerman, and the final book in the series. From the book jacket:
Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer; no voices, no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no news, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age.
Walking the street like a revenant, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. One is with a young couple with whom, in a rash moment, he offers to swap homes. The second is with a figure from Zuckermna’s youth Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckermna’s first literary hero, E.I. Lonoff. The third connection is with Lonoff’s would-be biographer, a young literary hound who will do and say nearly anything to get to Lonoff’s “great secret.”
I liked this book, it was an enjoyable read. Again, it would probably not have been a book I would have normally chosen. I found the trials and tribulations of the aging character interesting and believable.