The Guardian reckon that “in time this will be seen as Roth’s best novel so far,” and you can see why: Mickey Sabbath, the novel’s protagonist, is truly a “gargantuan hero”. Roth clearly loves the guy, and so will the reader, despite himself or herself. Because there is so much to hate in this character: his utter selfishness, his shallowness, his sexcrazedness. But it is his lust for life which fills each page, which gets him, and the reader, through each horrible low, and his real love for the lustful Yugoslav émigré who lives by the lake which gives his life, and the novel, meaning. A truly great novel from Roth.