Zuckerman Unbound

Zuckerman Unbound Following the wild success of his novel Carnovsky Nathan Zuckerman has been catapulted into the literary limelight As he ventures out onto the streets of Manhattan he finds himself accosted on all s

  • Title: Zuckerman Unbound
  • Author: Philip Roth
  • ISBN: 9780099477563
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following the wild success of his novel, Carnovsky, Nathan Zuckerman has been catapulted into the literary limelight As he ventures out onto the streets of Manhattan he finds himself accosted on all sides, the target of admonishers, advisers, would be literary critics, and worst of all fans.An incompetent celebrity, ill at ease with his newfound fame, and unsure of hoFollowing the wild success of his novel, Carnovsky, Nathan Zuckerman has been catapulted into the literary limelight As he ventures out onto the streets of Manhattan he finds himself accosted on all sides, the target of admonishers, advisers, would be literary critics, and worst of all fans.An incompetent celebrity, ill at ease with his newfound fame, and unsure of how to live up to his fictional creation s notoriety, Zuckerman flounders his way through a high profile affair, the disintegration of his family life, and fends off the attentions of his most tenacious fan yet, as the turbulent decade of the sixties draws to a close around him.But beneath the uneasy glamour are the spectres of the recently murdered Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr and an unsettled Zuckerman feels himself watched

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    1. So good. I will have to think more about this one. I loved parts and really liked other parts, but I also know later Roth is nearly perfect, so how do I give this one five stars? Ah, oh well, I'll cross that Carnovsky bridge tomorrow.

    2. Zuckerman Unbound (1981), the second in Roth’s Zuckerman Bound trilogy, is a sort of comic romp that turns gradually tragicomic. Certainly serious, in the end. Not Tolstoy, exactly, but maybe leaning to Chekhov, with some echoes of Kafka in there. The novel features the writer Zuckerman, 20 years after the events of The Ghost Writer, which had Zuckerman at 20, having published a few stories. At this point, Zuckerman is a famous writer, with several books published, and he doesn’t handle fame [...]

    3. While not as powerful as American Pastoral or as crazy as Portnoy's Complaint, the second installment in the Zuckerman Bound trilogy was a fun (and quick) read. Here Nathan Zuckerman has just published a very controversial novel (mirroring Roth's publication of the aforementioned Portnoy) and is dealing with the sudden benefits and drawbacks of fame: superficial affair with a starlet, psychotic stalkers, being told he is still living like a country bumpkin, his family's repression of their feeli [...]

    4. (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 illegally.)As regular readers know, for a long time I've carried a pretty big chip on my shoulder when it comes to the Postmodernist era of literature, which I'm defining here as the period between Kennedy's death in 1963 and September 11th; I suppose it's a natural reaction for any underground artist, in fact, to rebel [...]

    5. Philip Roth è un grandissimo scrittore. Ne sono sicuro. Uno il cui nome inizia con Phil è sicuramente un mito.Ho iniziato con un'ironia banale, non molto riuscita, per descrivere la sensazione che mi ha lasciato questo libro. Roth può fare meglio.Volevo conoscere Philip Roth ed ho pensato di farlo da questo libro quasi senza trama. La mia amica Martina sostiene che "leggere libri senza trama equivale a vedere la vera anima di una persona senza essere condizionati dal suo aspetto". Ispirandomi [...]

    6. The second outing for Roth's alter ego Zuckerman sees him achieving remarkable success.His novel Carnovsky is a sensation - turning him into a celebrity. But with fame also comes notoriety. The sexual nature of the novel leaves Zuckerman facing enmity as well as adulation.The parallels with Roth are plain. For Carnovsky, you can substitute Roth's second novel Portnoy's Complaint with its onanistic obsession.Zuckerman Unbound is perhaps a kind of apologia for Portnoy's Complaint (although that's [...]

    7. 📖 #پیشنهادکتاب 🎞 #فیله‌سین به این نتیجه رسیده‌ام که اساسا خواندن رمان سخت است، توجه به جزیی‌بینی‌های نویسنده‌ی رمان تمرکز بالایی می‌خواهد. شاید به همین خاطر است که اخیرا بیشتر مطالعاتم رمان نبوده‌اند.زوکرمن، با کتابش مشهور شده است و این کتاب شرح چند روز زندگی او پس از ف [...]

    8. Roth è un genio. L'ho sempre pensato, l'ho sempre detto e questo romanzo ne è l'ennesima conferma. Chi conosce Roth, saprà certamente chi è Nathan Zuckerman. Nel caso non lo sapeste, no problem. Ci sono qui io pronta a spiegarvelo. Nathan Zuckerman è l'alter ego di Philip Roth,. Nathan Zuckerman è uno scrittore che, dopo aver conosciuto la fama che il suo libro "Carnovksy" gli ha regalato deve affrontare tutto ciò che la fama e il successo comporta e porta con sé. Un successo che porta l [...]

    9. i must not be the only one who feels cheated when they read a roth novel, always expecting more because of his super-sized reputation only to find two-dimensional characters, caricatures really, with even more simplistic portrayals of women to accompany his petty whining and shallow revelations. do reviewers not dare criticize how lame it is to pat yourself on the back for a character's attempt at a one-liner? or note that every character delivers speeches in the same voice, without the slightes [...]

    10. Un po’ sconslusionato.Nathan Zuckerman a cui accadono cose. In un certo senso manca la gestione delle parti, manca l’arrangiamento.A tratti sembra di leggere dei siparietti tragicomici. E questo penalizza la visione d’insieme. Per il resto si legge facile e qualche momento godibile c’è, che la classe felpata di Roth non scompare d’un tratto in cantina.Ma un po’ pochino per farmi sobbalzare.Riservato ai fedeli. [65/100]

    11. Zuckerman Unbound recapitulates the post-publication notoriety/misery Nathan Zuckerman experiences in the wake of releasing his novel, Carnovsky (a stand-in for Portnoy's complaint.) Progressively, he detaches himself from his third wife, his New York anonymity, his dream that he'll be rescued by a goyim actress, his father (who dies), his mother (who is unfaltering in her protection of him), his younger brother (who declares that he deserves no such protection after have exposed and abandoned e [...]

    12. Ovvero.Come Nel Mio Tempo Libero Trasformai La Fama E La Fortuna In Un DisastroZuckerman Scatenato, certamente non un romanzo, fa parte di quelle opere (come il più complesso “La mia vita di uomo”) in cui Philip Roth dà l’impressione di esercitarsi riproponendo i temi che gli sono propri ed affinando le tecniche narrative soprattutto nella costruzione dei dialoghi, come sempre travolgenti.Non c’è trama propriamente detta, non una particolare progressione di un’unica storia, anche se [...]

    13. What I feel is the most important question on this book, was asked in the first one (ghost writer) Does the artist have no responsibility towards his loved ones, his family? His father dies (with the word "bastard" on his lips), and once his brother is pushed a bit, you see how much he despises what zuckerman has made of himself (and his family), with his writing. "Do you really think conscience is a jewish invention from which you are immune?" The fame factor is also a pretty funny part, the wa [...]

    14. It's hard to see these separately, all of them being part of the larger story, long chapters in a Zuckerman epic. But Roth seems considerably less angry for these novels which is refreshing after so much rage

    15. I recently finished Updike’s Bech stories, which could be poorly summed up as a situation comedy about a famous self-centered writer gone more bizarre and off kilter as time passes. The Bech stories start with the author already a legendary writer, roughly a counter culture one hit wonder from the hippy years. And in “Zucherman Unbound” we have an early story of a writer, feeling on the same path as Bech, when the sudden fame due to an early novel has just hit. In both stories, there’s a [...]

    16. I don't know much about Philip Roth other than he's from New Jersey, is apparently Jewish and has written quite a few novels that have won awards. I also remember when he said that he wasn't going to write fiction anymore. All this probably makes him fairly famous by most author standards, he may not be Stephen King or Dan Brown but chances are people with a smattering of knowledge about contemporary literature will have at least heard of him, even if they couldn't name his Zodiac sign or his fa [...]

    17. Il libro di chi si «nutre solo di parole», con l'illusione che le parole finiscano dentro al loro suono. E invece, chi si «nutre solo di parole» è sconvolto dalla loro azione sulle persone, sugli animi, sulle coscienze morali, politiche e religiose. Zuckerman, qui, è oramai uno scrittore famoso – dopo l'uscita del suo libro scandalo Carnovsky – e va incontro alla fama, ai disturbatori seriali che pensano di avere in tasca la verità (interpretativa) di ciò che ha scritto il loro autor [...]

    18. Roth is interesting. I quite like him, but he does not make me swoon. Nevertheless, I want to read everything he has written. I put him in my Paul Auster camp – a writer’s writer. He is Raymond Carver sans lyricism – grittier and more self obsessed. I don’t particularly like Nathan Z. but I don’t hate him. I understand him at the same time that I don’t. So, in Nathan Z Roth has created a “real” “character” – messy, me-centric, confused, trying to find his self and hold it d [...]

    19. Artists who write about their fame have always annoyed me, and I can't bring myself to admire Stardust Memories, but this is Philip Roth, and lesser Roth is so much more powerful than lesser Woody Allen. I'm starting to become obsessed and don't want to finish the summer without reading a majority of Roth's pre-nineties work --- I love esp. his seamless ability to digress into hilarious anecdotes without losing the pulse of the narrative and the sense that the paragraphs are coming to his Olivet [...]

    20. Roth intrigues me for the fact that sometimes I have a rather unenthused reaction to some books, but he manages to pull things together towards the end, and not in a cheesy, over-formalist way. At first, this book may feel a little to self-congratulatory - Nathan Zuckerman is a thinly veiled Roth in the midst of success over a rather sexual and controversial book, alienating his lovers, friends and family, and Zuckerman even from himself. A romp with a movie starlett feels like a doldrum in this [...]

    21. I was not as impressed as a was after the Ghost Writer, but this book was still worth the time. When comparing the book to Roth's life (an obvious comparison and one the author probably intended for me to make, I know) the layers of meta-fictional reality that come out are stunning. I've never been so affected by a brief tangent on the nature of art in Plato and Aristotle's writings.But, on the other hand, what is it with Roth and having people send the leftovers of there ejaculate to other char [...]

    22. Roth is my favorite author. I first read "The Dying Animal," which was somber but to me, so beautiful. "Zuckerman Unbound" is the second book with Nathan Zuckerman as protagonist. Roth clearly had fun writing it. Zuckerman, is an exciting young, novelist adjusting to the surprising level of fame garnered by his recently published novel. The portrayal of his aging parents and family is charming. His perspective on their Jewishness compared to his secularism is hilarious. He paints them with tende [...]

    23. Fairly good follow-up to Roth's The Ghost Writer, with some excellent passages, especially in the last fourth of the book as the character of Nathan Zuckerman travels to Florida for a familial crisis. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than Ghost, but something still feels a bit lagging as I trudge along with the Zuckerman books. I'll come across some great passages of excellent writing and beautiful emotion-filled sequences then ten pages of shoulder shrugging I don't know the best word to describe [...]

    24. The second in the Zuckerman series.I always admire the family portraits in Roth books. The parents of any of his protagonists are always very beautiful people, not just amusing.And Alvin Pepler, Zuckerman's stalker, the jilted quiz show phenom with a photographic memory, who served his country in two wars and claims Zuckerman stole his life for his book - what a huge, wonderful character! Roth creates a history for this man almost entirely with the character's frenzied monologues.Not as romantic [...]

    25. Roth's alter-ego (Zuckerman) dealing with celebrity, comically, and with his family's sense of betrayal about the way he's portrayed them. I found the Falstaffian Alvin Pepler to be a wonderful counterpoint to Zuckerman, and wished those sections would go on. The family, by contrast, seemed muted and depressing -- and I found myself sympathizing with Zuckerman's impossible desire to become "unbound." Which, I suppose, is Roth's point.

    26. At first you think, "Roth's novel about the surrealness of celebrity after his first major publishing success -- who cares?" Then Zuckerman Unbound becomes much, much more than that, a meditation on the responsibilities of the artist to his friends, family, and himself that's severe, honest, and not full of a single ounce of self-pity. It might also be Roth's best merging of humor and sadness. In short, the reason he's one of the all-time greats.

    27. Nathan Zuckerman is a star. His novel Carnovski took the literary world by storm and now most people that Nathan knows or meets can't differentiate between fact and fiction. To the casual reader Carnovski must be Zuckerman by another name and the things that Carnovski does must be what Zuckerman has done.; the way Carnovski's fictional family behave and what they think must mirror Nathan's family exactly. This of course is not the case because if it were the work couldn't be called fiction. Much [...]

    28. Harold Bloom in '85: ""Zuckerman Unbound" makes clear, at least to me, that Roth indeed is a Jewish writer in a sense that Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud are not, and do not care to be." Hmm.From pages 243-244 of the Library of American Edition of the trilogy and epilogue "Zuckerman Bound":A halter had always seemed to Zuckerman a particularly provocative piece of attire--cloth not quite clothing--but the only thought inspired by these women oozing flesh was of his father decomposing. He'd been [...]

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