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 streets 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. They will flee post-9/11 Manhattan for his country refuge, and he will return to city life. But from the time he meets them, Zuckerman also wants to swap his solitude for the erotic challenge of the young woman, Jaime, whose allure draws him back to all that he thought he had left behind: intimacy, the vibrant play of heart and body. The second connection is with a figure from Zuckerman's youth, Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckerman's first literary hero, E.I. Lonoff. The once irresistible Amy is now an old woman depleted by illness, guarding the memory of that grandly austere American writer who showed Nathan the solitary path to a writing vocation. 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". Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be involved again, with love, mourning, desire, and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities. Haunted by Roth's earlier works - the melancholy comedy of "The Ghost Writer", the counterpoint of the imaginary and the real in "The Counterlife", the distinctive dialogues of "Deception" - "Exit Ghost" is a reminder of Roth's incomparable style and themes and an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer's insatiable commitment to fiction.
Da Philip Roth mi sarei aspettata di meglio. Siamo ben lontani dalle alte vette di "Pastorale Americana" o di "Professore di desiderio". Le paranoie del protagonista, sebbene realistiche, sono ben lontane dal fascino di altri personaggi che
..." rimangono indimenticabili.Continua...Nascondi
La solitudine gelosamente custodita si interrompe dopo 11 anni con il ritorno di Zuckerman a NewYork. Isolamento dal mondo fino a quel momento scelto non solo per soddisfare le esigenze di scrittore ma anche come sicuro riparo dagli imprevisti e dai
..." possibili errori della vita. "Perché corteggiare l'imprevisto, perché cercare più sorprese di quante me ne avrebbe certamente riservate la vecchiaia?" Sconfitto e rassegnato dopo una sola settimana di "scompiglio newyorchese" Zuckerman sceglie di tornare "dove non occorreva essere mai in urto con nessuno ne spasimare per qualche cosa ne fingere di essere qualcuno e cercare un ruolo nel dramma del mio tempo" Un elogio della solitudine Continua...Nascondi
There are three parts from the story. The three parts look separated from the outset, but it all comes together in the end intertwined with E. I. Lonoff's story. I was kind of bored in the beginning of the book, but it took me by surprise that all
..." the threads were magically emerged together. The message from the author is amazingly strong and resonant with all different parts of the plot.Continua...Nascondi