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Nowadays I approach Roth's books with some trepidation. He is one of my true literary heroes, but I've found the quality of his work to have dropped quite a bit since, well, the midway point of The Plot Against America.
I had no use for Exit Ghost or The Humbling, thought Everyman and Indignation both good but not great. Nemesis, I think, is better, more solid through and through, then all of these works.
The time and place is Roth's beloved Weequahic section of Newark (where, as a matter of fact, I too lived until my family moved to the suburbs in 1966 when I was eleven). It is the tail end of WWII, a scorching summer and polio has reared its ugly head in the city.
We get Roth's clear and spare language, a relatively simply told story, and--in my view--a pretty powerfully told tale that does not lay on the schmaltz too heavily. We get an examination of the nature--and limits--of personal responsibility in tough times, and more that I won't go into here for fear of plunking in a spoiler.
Good stuff. I was happy to see it.
Roth is a great writer who is still prolific as ever. i hope he has a few more surprises up his sleeve.
thanks for the review.