The Counterlife Author:Philip Roth 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... more ».
Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through the book's evocative landscapes, familiar and foreign, is the miind 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, or in a tradition-bound English Village in Gloucestershire, or in a church in London's West End, or in a tiny desert settlement in Israel's occupied West Bank.« less
I had ordered and read this books for a 20th century American Novels course. Although the narrative frame was very interesting and that seemed to be what was pointed out most by the professor, I felt a different book would have better suited this (i.e. O'Brien going after Cacciato). The subject matter in the novel is slightly controversial which is why I felt the conversation surrounding this work by Roth did not focus much on that. Novel brings up interesting points/themes, but this is not one of my favorite novels by any means. Plus, none of the characters are very likable/relate-able