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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nathan Zuckerman Series Release Date:
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At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction—pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain or assuage it. Zuckerman himself wonders if the pain could have been caused by his own books. And while he is wondering, his dependence on painkillers grows into an addiction to vodka, marijuana, and Percodan.

The third volume in the Nathan Zuckerman series, The Anatomy Lesson provides some of the funniest scenes in all of Roth’s fiction—as well as some of the fiercest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich, satisfyingly complex.”

    New York Times

  • The Anatomy Lesson is a ferocious, heartfelt book…Lavish with laughs and flamboyant inventions.”

    New Yorker

  • “Roth has a genius for the comedy of entrapment…[He] writes America’s most raucously funny novels.”


  • “One of Roth’s most unsparing and revealing books…Forceful and startling.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keith | 3/23/2011

    " Every Roth book I've read so far has resulted in the same pattern of reactions:

    1) Skepticism
    2) A little less skepticism
    3) Acceptance
    4) Total engrossment
    5) Luv!

    This one was no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicky | 12/31/2010

    " The third book of the Zuckerman books sees our hero plagued by a mystery illness that forces him to spend his days sprawled on a play mat, getting soused and receiving visits from an array of ladies. In the latter half of the book he heads out to Chicago to apply for medical school. What a nut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joseph | 11/29/2010

    " My least favorite of the Zuckerman Bound series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 11/11/2010

    " What a wild ride. Reminded me of Bellow's Herzog but a much more interesting plot. Real mid-life crisis stuff. an excellent read. "

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