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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,774 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nathan Zuckerman Series Release Date:
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The 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 in the Nathan Zuckerman series, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Arguably Philip Roth’s best novel…In The Ghost Writer, published in 1979, Mr. Roth found the virtually perfect balance for the themes that have long obsessed him, most notably the tension between being a loyal Jewish son, in terms of both family and community, and being an unfettered creative writer.”

    New York Times

  • “Further evidence that Roth can do practically anything with fiction. His narrative power—the ability to delight the reader simultaneously with the telling and the tale—is superb.”

    Washington Post

  • “I had only to read the two opening sentences to realize that I was once again in the hands of a superbly endowed storyteller.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Roth underlines none of [the] elegant theme-weaving, letting it all emerge through dazzling dialogue and his most understated, almost folktale-like prose…Elegantly floating and at the same time firmly grounded to home and heart—a sonata-like masterwork.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alden | 2/20/2014

    " Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by R. | 2/15/2014

    " Edition note: A Fawcett Crest paperback from September 1980. Price $2.75 - or $7.69 in 2012 when adjusted for inflation. The spectral visage of a young lady's face in the G of the title suggests that the publisher's art department was trying to fool the Carter-era supermarket impulse buyer into throwing the book in their basket on the mistaken belief, the mild suggestion, that The Ghost Writer was a Straubian supernatural thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 1/26/2014

    " Some really funny bits here and there, but recommended only for fans of Roth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Commonplace Cat | 1/21/2014

    " Re-read, originally read in 2011. Better this time around :) "

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