The Counterlife Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate.
Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through the book's evocative landscapes, familiar and foreign, is the mind of the novelist Nathan Zuckerman. His is the skeptical, enveloping intelligence that calculates the price that's paid in the struggle to change personal fortune and reshape history, whether in a dentist's office in suburban New Jersey, a tradition-bound English Village in Gloucestershire, a church in London's West End, or a tiny desert settlement in Israel's occupied West Bank.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 14 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 October 2016|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 134,777 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
141 in Jewish Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
411 in Judaism (Audible Books & Originals)
739 in Jewish Literature (Books)
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Never could you once accuse that man of levity every page is carved in sweat and effort; you can smell the rewrites in every line
Just plowed through 4 maybe 5 of his opuses and they all contain the same themes
● Marking himself as the man on the edge of his culture trying to meld with the world of gentiles ... always hunting the shiksa [the non-jewish woman] in an effort to break away from the straightjackets of tradition on every level
● And yet profoundly obsessed with the Culture in all its aspects as if a man who wants to run away but really cannot and the more he runs the deeper he is pulled into it ... into the history the rites the laws ... a sort of Semitic Chinese fingertrap ...
It must be hard being Roth ... this book here The Counterlife is one which flows fairly well bearing in mind the ponderousness mentioned earlier
As a reader you need to concentrate ... you are asked to partake in the effort of the genesis of the work and the travails of the culture
If Jewish History and Culture has no interest to you give it a wide berth; there is never much distance between the narrative and it all ... if it sometimes occupies your mind or if like the writer you are a 24-hour-a-day obsessive you will be at home here
But you are warned no levity here ... there was some in Portnoy /The Ghost Writer/Nathan Zuckerman/Zuckerman Unbound/The Anatomy Lesson/The Prague Orgy/
there is none in American Pastoral/The Plot Against America [the only one I could not finish/too grim]
These are the one I read ... I shall read others soon ... when I want seriousness
Some say P Roth should be "Nobelized" and that he has not been due to the "smut" of some works ... personally i read a good writer a thorough professional ; and able storyteller ; but is he great writer .... ?
Le dernier chapitre, brillant, pose justement cette question. Est-ce que l'attitude de Nathan dans sa dernière lettre, dans laquelle il essaie de regagner sa fiancée,ne montre plutôt comment son approche de la vie est totalement incompatible avec la 'passivité' de Maria?
Un récit épatant à plusieurs niveaux; un noeud difficile à défaire, aussi complexe que la vie elle-même! Bravo!