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Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy and Epilogue 1979-1985: The Ghost Writer / Zuckerman Unbound / The Anatomy Lesson / The Prague Orgy (Library of America #175) Hardcover – September 20, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four complete works by Philip Roth in one volume. The complete comic saga of Nathan Zuckerman, his ordeals of conscience, from Manhattan, to Miami Beach, to Czechoslovakia!
"Roth has transcended himself . . . . A comic genius . . . Certainly Philip Roth's finest achievement to date, eclipsing even his best single fictions . . . ZUCKERMAN BOUND binds together THE GHOST WRITER, ZUCKERMAN UNBOUND, and THE ANATOMY LESSON, adding to them as epilogue a wild short novel, THE PRAGUE ORGY, which is at once the bleakest and the funniest writing Roth has done."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"ZUCKERMAN BOUND proves that no one now writing can be funnier and, at the same time, more passionately serious than Philip Roth." -- Time
"ZUCKERMAN BOUND shows the author's always ebullient invention and artful prose at their most polished and concentrated." -- The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Philip Roth, acclaimed author of Portnoy's Complaint, The Human Stain and many other works of fiction, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts from the White House.

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In the 1990s Philip Roth won America's 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 Sabbath's 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 Britain's 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 2003--2004." In 2007 Roth received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Everyman.

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He could have moved on to the next book and left it well enough alone.
Amaran Tarnoff
I have read eight other books by Roth, and would give them all four or five stars each.
Outstanding trilogy from Philip Roth three novels bound into one book a great idea .
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amaran Tarnoff on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
With the publication of his wildly successful and outrageously funny Portnoy's Complaint in 1969, Philip Roth formally entered the ranks of America's up and coming must-read literary stars. But it also opened a Pandora's box of issues having to do with the fact that Portnoy was depicted as explicitly Jewish, sexually obsessed, and that Roth's portrayal of Portnoy's Jewish family was much less than flattering.

America in 1969 remember, was culturally only a few years removed from Jewish quotas for medical and law school acceptances, and restricted country clubs, hotels and real estate. Years later Jon Stuart (who was 7 years old in 1969) would joke in a stage whispered "Is it good for the Jews?" but in 1969 this question was asked more seriously by American Jews still not entirely trusting of or comfortable living in a country that had refused admittance to thousands of would-be Jewish émigrés from Germany in the 40s.

Sixteen years later we have Zuckerman Bound, comprised of the three novels originally published separately: The Ghost Writer (1979), Zuckerman Unbound (1981), and The Anatomy Lesson (1983), and the novella The Prague Orgy (1969), in which Roth brilliantly addresses these issues of personal and artistic identity head-on. Nathan Zuckerman, the protagonist throughout all four books is clearly Roth's alter ego, and Zuckerman's published book, Carnovsky, (Roth's Portnoy's Complaint) succeeds commercially and foments conflict between Zuckerman and his father, brother and a raft of father surrogates.

Is Roth's hilarious but incisive depiction of these Jewish characters a matter of artistic integrity or cultural betrayal? He could have left the question unanswered after writing Portnoy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sirin on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Zuckerman is Roth's equivalent to that other 20th Century fictional alter-ego, Updike's Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom. But while Updike's character is an American everyman, his average desires, inclinations, career and relationships drawn with the fine pen, the two inches of ivory of Updike's conventional East Coast suburbs; Roth's Zuckerman swings wildly through the American beserk on a roiling stream of consciousness that takes him from noble, high purpose striving writer in his early twenties, visiting his hero E.I. Lonoff, to wrecked, neurotic acclaimed (and reviled) man of letters in his forties.

Roth's Zuckerman books are perhaps his string of writing where the gap between the banks of life and art are at their narrowest. Zuckerman finds fame with his novel of Jewish sexual guilt (Carnovsky) and has to cope out with the fall out of that success - accosted on the bus, in the street, outside his appartment, by cranks, the media, people accusing him of being an anti Semitic Jew, his family accusing him of betraying their secrets.

Zuckerman's great contradiction - yearning for liberty, but recognising the innate drive towards inhibition and security leads to a fastinating portrayal of themes towards the middle and end of the trilogy plus coda. By middle age Zuckerman, wracked with pain, drugs and an emotional life more messy than Woody Allen's (a nice counterpoint, there, considering Allen's 1998 Roth-lite film 'Deconstructing Harry') decides his pursuit of literary greatness has lead to his unravelling and decides to train as a doctor. A ludicrous and comic plan that leads to an encounter with a pornographer, and a journey to the heart of darkness of the health system.

The coda, 'The Prague Orgy', is a fitting finale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on September 10, 2013
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Episodes from the life of a Jewish American writer, a `trilogy with an epilogue', written in the 1970s/80s and set in the 1950s-70s.
It starts with `The Ghost Writer' set in the 1950s. 20 years later, writer Nathan Zuckerman remembers. As a young man, a student and budding writer, he visited his idol, a literary great, at his home in the Berkshires.
The young man's thoughts were preoccupied by an ongoing conflict with his father about Nathan's way of depicting Jewish life. A conflict of Joycian dimensions, while the older writer's situation is more Jamesian.
Mental romance is added by a young female visitor with unclear identity. Nathan builds an instant crush and imagines her being Anne Frank as a survivor. Wouldn't that solve his trouble with dad?

Volume 2 is `Zuckerman Unbound'. 15 years later, young Nathan is unbound in many ways. He has made money from a bestseller. His father is in a Florida nursing home with dementia and can't accuse him any longer. His mother never accused him anyway, only her friends do. He is separated from his third wife, an unbearable waspish do-gooder. He lives in Manhattan, society is open to his new stardom, and he has only his own paranoid state of mind to blame for his continued troubles.
His Anne Frank obsession continues... he has a brief affair with a film star who had started her career playing Anne on the stage in Ireland.

Volume 3 is `The Anatomy Lesson'. Nathan is 40 and an orphan now. He is plagued by guilt for the anguish that he had caused his parents. He is also plagued by excruciating unexplained pain and he lost the drive to write. He still has the sex drive, but can't have relationships. He becomes thoroughly unlikable and crazier by the day.
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