The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer Alternate cover edition for ISBN The Ghost WriterThe Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the s a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books discovering the contradictory c

  • Title: The Ghost Writer
  • Author: Philip Roth
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover edition for ISBN 0679748989 The Ghost WriterThe Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E I Lonoff At Lonoff s, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunAlternate cover edition for ISBN 0679748989 The Ghost WriterThe Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E I Lonoff At Lonoff s, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman of indeterminate foreign background who turns out to be a former student of Lonoff s and who may also have been his mistress Zuckerman, with his active, youthful imagination, wonders if she could be the paradigmatic victim of Nazi persecution If she were, it might change his life.The first volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound, The Ghost Writer is about the tensions between literature and life, artistic truthfulness and conventional decency and about those implacable practitioners who live with the consequences of sacrificing one for the other.

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    1. the boy ghost-writes the story of a girl's life. he turns her into a lure, a mystery, a travesty, into the best way to illustrate his Jewishness, the best way to thumb his nose at his parents and all the adults who would dare condescend to him. the boy is a writer, one who has yet to experience life. he doesn't create a story, he transcribes it. except for the story of the girl! that's all him, his projection onto her. he creates a narrative for the girl that barely takes the girl into considera [...]

    2. “I know the kind of man I am and the kind of writer. I have my own kind of bravery, and please, let’s leave it at that.” ― Philip Roth, The Ghost Writer I've read a ton of Roth, but have yet to really engage the Zuckerman series. The Ghost Writer is book one in the four book cycle Zuckerman Bound:1. The Ghost Writer (1979)2. Zuckerman Unbound (1981)3. The Anatomy Lesson (1983)4. The Prague Orgy (1985)It is hard to engage some of the more specific reasons WHY I loved this book -- without [...]

    3. How did this not win the Pulitzer? How has Roth not won a Nobel? This was one of the most brilliant works of art I've ever encountered. Far and away, the best book I've read all year. This is the type of book I always hope to encounter when I read fiction. Beautiful sentences, powerful dialogue, the kind of character tension that causes a reader to nearly explode. There were times I couldn't believe I was reading. It felt as if I were deposited into a farmhouse in the Berkshires, observing from [...]

    4. I read Roth when I was in my late teens and early twenties, and only returned to reading him in recent years. I thought The American Trilogy was amazing, as was The Plot Against America. The Ghost Writer is the first of ten books narrated by the autobiographically-oriented narrator Nathan Zuckerman, and first in the four-book Zuckerman Bound series. It depicts young short story writer Nathan visiting his literary hero I. E. Lonoff (supposedly a combination of Bernard Malamud and Henry Roth, two [...]

    5. I forgot how thrilling Roth can be. His books contain such a subtle, building power that hits about two-thirds the way through. (In particular I remember the eureka! moment withThe Human Stain when its ideological weight revealed itself.)I don't want to get too much into the story, as the less a reader knows going in the better. Let's just say it's about young Nathan Zuckerman making a pilgrimage to the farmhouse of his idol, a man names Lonoff. The novel is really about what must be sacrificed [...]

    6. A friend of mine has recently broken up with his girlfriend, and I was telling him yesterday that it’s, y’know, not always a bad thing, that sometimes two people are simply not suited to each other. Those are hardly profound words, I know, but they started me thinking about an ex of mine. The girl and I, it’s fair to say, near-hated each other. I like to think neither of us were/are bad people; it was just that there was something about our personalities that did not mesh, that meant that [...]

    7. Ho terminato questo libro da quasi venti giorni, ma non ho ancora trovato il coraggio di sedermi e scrivere almeno qualche riga di commento. E dire che si è trattato di una lettura profondamente immersiva, di quelle fatte con la matita costantemente in mano e il blocco per gli appunti accanto: le frasi che ho sottolineato sono molte, le riflessioni che ho annotato ancora di più. Eppure mi è difficile pensare di scrivere qualcosa su "Lo scrittore fantasma" - e su Philip Roth in genere - pensan [...]

    8. В свое интервю Рот казва: "Един истински читател на романи, е възрастен, който чете, да речем, два или три часа всяка вечер, три или четири пъти седмично. За две или три седмици той е прочел книгата си. Истинският читател не е човек, който чете от време на време, по половин час, п [...]

    9. I probably knew too much going into this story, though it's because of what I knew beforehand that I read it in the first place. If you're someone who's interested in the way writers think, you should enjoy it. Example: the narrator's lament about his imagination being lacking, that he could never invent a scene like the one he's just overheard, is both playful and serious.It was also fun to speculate on whom Roth might be basing his fictional 'big' literary figures. The narrator, talking to his [...]

    10. I have a feeling Roth is one of those authors you read to make yourself feel smarter and end up questioning the number of IQ points you have. For someone who's received as many awards and accolades as he has, I found this book to be, well, boring. Boy meets his idol, sees girl, wants girl. End of story. Big woo.Maybe I missed something here, on the greater role the story plays in regards to society or some such nonsense, which is what makes me think my intelligence may not be up to the task of f [...]

    11. Lonoff sums up his life: "I wish," he said, "I knew that much about anything. I've written fantasy for thirty years. Nothing happens to me." “I turn sentences around. That’s my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence. Then I have tea and turn the new sentence around. Then I read the two sentences over and turn them both around. Then I lie down on my sofa and think. Then [...]

    12. Philip Roth first introduces his alter ego, the 23-year-old aspiring writer Nathan Zuckerman, in The Ghost Writer. It’s 1956 and Zuckerman has managed to attract the attention of his literary idol, the Jewish immigrant writer E.I. Lonoff, who lives in an isolated farmhouse in the Berkshire Mountains of New England with his wife Hope. Zuckerman pays a visit and finds himself the object of flattering attention and conversation from the Babel-esque Lonoff. (“Because I could not bring myself to [...]

    13. A literary critic for the Chicago Tribune once wrote that "in American literature today, there's Philip Roth, and then there's everybody else." I couldn't agree more. Roth is, without doubt, my favorite writer of all time.*4.75/5 stars*The Ghost Writer was a 1980 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award (NBCCA) finalist & a 1980 National Book Award finalist.

    14. A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast, Slate's Culture Gabfest, and The Ghost Writer was discussed and highly praised, with one of the hosts acclaiming it as Roth's best work, so I decided to read it to see if it really were all that great.Well, it wasn't the greatest work of fiction I've ever read, but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Roth spins several subplots, and each is as intriguing, if not more so, than the main plot, or perhaps that is what makes the entire story [...]

    15. Zuckerman, Lonoff, Amy, Hope.4 personaggi per una storia che pare semplice ma poi inizia ad intricarsi.Flashback che crescono come torri di mattoncini colorati.L’olocausto, Anne Frank, le colline innevate del New England.Riflessioni portentose sulla sofferenza e il dolore.Antisemitismo e ambiguità.Forse un buco di sceneggiatura c’è. O almeno non mi spiego come Nathan Zuckerman potesse essere a conoscenza dei fatti raccontati nel terzo capitolo. Anche se fosse - ed è molto più probabile c [...]

    16. Letto più di dieci anni fa. All'improvviso mi viene il desiderio di rileggerlo. Per arrivare di nuovo all'esilarante e malinconica tirata finale della moglie di Lonoff, il grande scrittore ammirato dal giovane Zuckermann, che inizia qui a diventare l'alter ego di maggior successo di Philip.E per leggere del grande scrittore Lonoff che si dedica agli "scrittori seri": «Non rendeva giustizia a uno scrittore se non lo leggeva per qualche giorno consecutivamente e per almeno tre ore di fila. Altri [...]

    17. yazarın kendi üzerine psikolojik bir inceleme yaparken önemli toplumsal olayları irdelemesi etkileyici

    18. Philip Roth son zamanlardaki favori yazarım diyebilirim. Bir sonraki kitabına geçmek için ciddi bir arzu duyuyorum. Genelde böyle olmaz. Hayalet Yazar'ı ise Sokaktaki Adam ve Öfke'deki tarzından üslup olarak farklı ama anlatım biçimi olarak benzer şekilde oluşturmuş. Edebiyatı doğrudan tema olarak aldığını görünce meraklanmıştım genel olarak ama Philip Roth'un derdi doğrudan edebiyat değil, yazarın kendisi bu kitapta. Anlatım biçimi, üslubu gayet güzel. Ekseriyet [...]

    19. «اگر قرار بود کسی به او به چشم آدمی استثنایی نگاه کند، نباید به خاطر آشویتس و بلزن این کار را می‌کرد، بلکه همه می‌بایست به‌خاطر کارهایی که او بعد از آن ماجرا انجام داده بود به دیده‌ی تحسین نگاهش می‌کردند.»این عبارت شاید خلاصه‌ای از کتاب باشد، که وضعیت یهودیان را با دلسوزی ن [...]

    20. Nathan Zuckerman reminded me of Herzog a bit. This first book of the Zuckerman Bound series was funny and witty and quite ingenious with the first person narrative and the frequent flights of narrative fantasy. I fear that delving too much into the other characters would spoil the pleasure for a potential reader so let me just say that Roth here turns simple overnight story with four characters into a Calvino-esque reflection on the distance between the writer and his written subject. A quick bu [...]

    21. A young writer spends a weekend with his idol, who is a celebrated novelist, the novelist’s wife, and a mysterious young woman whom they are also hosting. Philip Roth’s short novel is beautifully written and rich with meditations on whether the writer’s responsibility to his art overrides the discomfort it may produce in the people in his life and community. Indeed, it raises the question of whether producing such discomfort may be the serious writer’s most important function. It may see [...]

    22. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)All right, I admit it -- I'm not the biggest fan of postmodernism, for a whole host of reasons that are sometimes related to each other, sometimes not: because of the movement's insistence, for example, that the only "true" artists are ones with advanced college degrees; because of its worship of cold ir [...]

    23. Roth has a real way with words, though I found that I prefered Portnoy's Complaint because of all the complaining. It seems that Roth has a real way with complaining is what I should say.There is an air of complaining in this book since Zuckerman goes through some inner dialogue and recounts past events which cause some annoyance for him but not enough I guess for my liking.The characters are great, odd enough for me, but I guess the build up in the middle of the story didn't seem interesting fo [...]

    24. I liked this, but it felt too short to show off Roth's brilliance. My favorites of his are the in-depth character portraits. To think what this supple mind could have done with that familial story! Oy vey.

    25. I've been wanting to read Roth for a while now, after seeing my dad blow through about 14 of them in the past year, but it took me a while to get to one. Then, once I decided to read some Roth, where do you start? Out of 29 books, a Zuckerman book, a Roth book, a Kepesh book, or just one of his goodies that can stand alone? So I went with the first Zuckerman of the series of 7. And now that I'm done with it I really don't know what to say about it His style kind of reminds me of Salinger: short, [...]

    26. This seems to be a time to get myself up to date with names that I've always admired but for some reason haven't read extensively. I'd read the later Zuckerman books (The Human Stain, etc.), but outside of that, not a whole lot of Roth. And since Cormac ain't putting out for me, I thought I'd satiate some reading urges by digging into some of million-and-six books of Roth's that I hadn't yet gotten into.So here, the Zuckerman saga beginsI've heard interviews with Roth where he's discussed how so [...]

    27. „Очевидно не съществува прост начин да бъдеш велик.“Вече съм споменавала, че за мен кориците на книгите са много важни и че имам афинитет към пишещи машини. Но не това бе основната причина да посегна към „Писателят призрак“ (изд. „Colibri“) на Филип Рот. Все пак Рот е един от н [...]

    28. can't really say i'm a philip roth fan but this book took a magnificent turn around the midpoint. glad i hadn't read any reviews or spoilers; don't think i would've liked it if i'd known what was coming.

    29. This first of Roth's Nathan Zuckerman-narrated novels is so many things so quickly. Not only an examination of the literary world, Jewish identity, and familial conflict; Roth's work here is a tragedy of the most comic sort. Zuckerman seeking mentorship as a budding young author visits a giant of the literary world, only to have that veneer quickly stripped away by this icon's strained relationship with his wife, flashbacks to his own conflict with his father's reception to his seemingly anti-Se [...]

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