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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,616 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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Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky (“Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?”), he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisors, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if “target” may be more than a figure of speech.

In Zuckerman Unbound, the second volume in a trilogy, the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages his affectionate connection to his younger brother—all because of his recent good fortune.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Zuckerman Unbound is masterful, sure in every touch, as clear and economical of line as a crystal vase.”

    New York TImes Book Review

  • “It was bold of Roth to write a novel about being famous…A comic stroll in a hall of mirrors.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/12/2014

    " MUCH better than the first book. Even though this book in several places makes fun of readers who can't differentiate between fiction and the author projecting all his biography into his "fiction," I can't help but wonder how much of this is autobiographical. There are a few particularly harrowing segments where the self-reprimanding is so intensely felt, I cannot but believe that it was, in fact, felt by the author at some point after choosing a similar path to his protagonist(who is also a Jewish author). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catalina | 2/11/2014

    " I liked it less than 'The Ghost Writer' but still very interesting and full of the same acute sense of analyse. Many memorable scenes and lines, culminating with an amazing final image: the start of Zuckerman change associated with the change his old town 'suffered'; the place of the Jews as the poor emigrants with a bad name taken by the blacks.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 1/29/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ami | 1/8/2014

    " I am listening to this book. It is funny in a bittersweet way. I feel back in NYC again. The writing is excellent and the "tone" just whiny enough to reflect the culture and mindset of the main character. "

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