The Anatomy Lesson by Philip Roth

The Anatomy Lesson by Philip RothIn the third instalment of the Natahan Zukerman trilogy the protagonist doesn’t disappoint: he’s just as shallow and funny and maddening as he has been on his previous two outings. Roth has him navel gazing his way through the whole novel with a panache that makes the reader incredulous, but with a skill that renders the whole things deeply plausible and unsettling. His coming face to face with real illness at the novel’s end, when he has wasted away the novel suffering from what might only be a metaphorical illness, illness as a mental prop, holds out some hope for him: what a shallow and crass individual he is, he might be thinking. But he doesn’t quite get there.

Mr A

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