Monday, February 04, 2008
16. "Sabbath's Theater" - Philip Roth
Mickey Sabbath is a 60-something unemployed puppeteer with an implied sexual addiction. After the death of his mistress, he begins to think that suicide is the best ending for a life filled with failure.
I've had my issues with Roth - mostly regarding his alter-ego Zuckerman - but this National Book Award-winner could make me a fan.
Roth's method of writing backward, telling the whole story in the first chapter, then getting into the details later, reminds me of Salman Rushdie, but the free-wheeling recall of minute details is the work of a master. And what details. It's makes a mockery of most writers' creative work.
4.0 out of 5.0 Hot Fudge Sundaes.