The Anatomy Lesson

The Anatomy Lesson At forty the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction pure pain beginning in his neck and shoulders invading his torso and taking possession of his spirit Zuckerman whose w

  • Title: The Anatomy Lesson
  • Author: Philip Roth
  • ISBN: 9780679749028
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Anatomy Lesson

    At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line Now, his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain and nobody can assuage it ZuckermAt forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line Now, his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain and nobody can assuage it Zuckerman himself wonders if the pain can have been caused by his own books And while he is wondering, his dependence on painkillers grows into an addiction to vodka, marijuana, and Percodan.

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    1. Michael Finocchiaro

      This is the funniest of the Zuckerman Unbound tetrology and a fantastic read Again, Nathan is living in the aftermath of the publication and scandal surrounding his book Carnovsky Portnoy s Complaint in Roth s real life He is in constant physical pain with 4, then 5, mistresses and decides to drop writing and go to medical school in Chicago In Chicago, his female limo driver Ricky is treated to his impersonation of a literary rival who Nathan transforms into a pornographer This is a wonderfully [...]

    2. Darwin8u

      Pain is like a baby crying What it wants it can t name Philip Roth, The Anatomy LessonThe Anatomy Lesson is book 3 in the Zuckerman Bound trilogy The first two being The Ghost Writer and Zuckerman Unbound The Prague Orgy is also included often, as it is the epilogue thus turning the trilogy into a tetralogy Anyway, like all of the Zuckerman novels, Roth is brutal in his introspection Zuckerman has bottled up his anger at his moralist critics and mental anguish at the death of his parents to the [...]

    3. David Schaafsma

      In the previous book in the Zuckerman Bound series, entitled Zuckerman Unbound, we see that the novelist Zuckerman, castigated particularly by Jews for his popular and funny novel Carnovsky, about a lecherous young Jewish man such as Roth s Portnoy s Complaint Carnovsky s Newark Jewish community and his family are horrified that they see his family in this novel This is a deliberate ploy on Roth s part, to say that his characters have nothing and everything to do with his own life There are many [...]

    4. Giovanna

      La lezione di anatomia una grande domanda sul dolore Su un dolore fisico che non dipende per forza, freudianamente, da cause psicologiche, ma che obbliga Nathan Zuckerman a fare i conti con la sua vita, con quella che stata e con quella che sar La sua vita di scrittore, infatti, l ha portato a ripiegarsi su se stesso fino a farsi venire mal di schiena , l ha spinto a spremere tutta la sua interiorit Non scrive pi da quattro anni, non ha pi niente da scrivere su di s , non riesce a scrivere degli [...]

    5. Joeji

      What is perhaps so striking about this book is that Philip Roth depicts an aging writer who, because of undiagnosed physical pain, has stopped writing filling his world with doubt and despair Zuckerman s pain is very much an investigation of Roth s own biographical highlights Roth too recovered from surgery, stopped finding writing worthwhile, and was attacked over and over again for his most infamous novel Portnoy s Complaint i.e Carnovsky So disillusioned with writing is Zuckerman that he want [...]

    6. Ja'net

      If the first half of this book didn t exist, the book would ve earned three three and a half stars But the first 150 pages or so are completely unfocused, boring, and incredible though I ve heard much of what happens in the book actually happened to Roth in real life a claim that is irrelevant, as far as I m concerned that I nearly hurled this book across the room at several points during my arduous attempts at finishing it The Anatomy Lesson was my first and LAST experience with Roth.

    7. Lobstergirl

      Nathan Zuckerman is forty, married and divorced three times Both his parents are now dead, his mother from a sudden brain tumor His brother isn t speaking to him His brother s wife only utters the most rudimentary comments out of fear of being quoted in Zuckerman s next novel Zuckerman has severe writer s block, and severe pain in his neck, back, shoulders He spends much of the day down on a playmat in his apartment, being sexually serviced by four or five different women, and servicing them.One [...]

    8. R.

      Perhapsrhaps the comparisons to Kafka aren t entirely unjustified My problem with approaching Roth has always been the instinct that his books were about him Well, no surprise they are Or at least this one is.Even the dialogue comes off sounding like he s sitting there at his typewriter, furiously talking to himself putting the anger into Zuckerman s voice, and the dissenting opinion into the voice of the Female Who Adores Him Push Pull Or, correctly Jews push Jews pull Or, even exactly Newark [...]

    9. Daniel

      It was arguably a mistake to read The Anatomy Lesson without first reading the previous two books in the Zuckerman series, but the third installment works fine on its own, especially if the reader has a working knowledge of Philip Roth s own history One can easily mentally replace Carnovsky, the book for which author Nathan Zuckerman became famous, with Roth s own Portnoy s Complaint, and all becomes clear I read Portnoy s Complaint many, many years ago, but it s not a book one quickly forgets T [...]

    10. Hollis

      I liked this but it was just too long I enjoyed The Ghost Writer and Zuckerman Unbound because they were both short and easier to absorb This one is twice the length and that is twice as long as I wanted to spend in the poisonous world of Nathan Zuckerman About halfway through I stopped caring about Zuckerman I wished he would just go and kill himself so I could be finished with the story But on it goes for another 100 pagesAs usual with Roth, he lightens things up with some comic moments that h [...]

    11. Jason Pettus

      Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally As regular visitors know, I m in the midst of reading all nine of the autobiographical Nathan Zuckerman novels that author Philip Roth has penned over the decades, from 1979 s The Ghost Writer to 2007 s Exit Ghost And that s because, as a newish book critic only three years full time now , I m continually trying to [...]

    12. J

      Up until the book s fifth act, it s typical Roth, typical Zuckerman in its themes and voice sex, being Jewish in America, the politics of the 60s and 70s, relations with your family, the artist and his art and the public s confused entanglement of the two Then in the book s concluding chapter it becomes something else entirely, at first almost surreal then ending in an almost lyrical sweep through human suffering and mortality that is almost Greek tragedy in its catharsis and conclusion Amazing. [...]

    13. Justin Evans

      Far and away the most rewarding of the first three Zuckerman books Is that because Roth is just a less cliched character as he gets older I find that hard to believe But it makes me wonder if you re writing what is essentially autobiography, and you re committed to not lying, how hard is it to attain any artistic unity Not sure Roth did it in the Ghost Writer or in Z Unbound here he manages a bit better Maybe that s just because the Portrait of the Young Artist thing of GW is mind bogglingly tir [...]

    14. Leggo Quando Voglio

      Il problema non che tutto dev essere un libro che ogni cosa pu essere un libro E non conta, come vita, finch non lo Sono passati due anni da quando ho cominciato a leggere le opere di Philip Roth e, ormai, mi posso considerare una lettrice esperta di questo autore, per quanto mi manchino ancora da leggere diverse sue opere e che sia consapevole che, finch non avr letto la sua intera bibliografia, non potr dire di conoscerlo come chi, invece, l ha gi fatto.Come giusto che sia, da maggiore esperie [...]

    15. Jay

      In my review of the previous volume of the Zuckerman Bound series, I noted that I had just finished Updike s Bech stories, and how Zuckerman wasn t as woman focused as Bech was after they both reached fame from their first books, and I wondered if in the next volume, this book, Zuckerman would take a turn toward womanizing I can tell you that I feel my prediction was correct, although with Zuckerman it doesn t seem as much about love or lust, but it seems to be strangely medical Zuckerman has wh [...]

    16. Christopher Saunders

      Philip Roth s The Anatomy Lesson begins with perennial Roth hero Nathan Zuckerman kvetching and moaning about how hard it is to date four women at once Thus it s peak mid career Roth, wondering why and how his dick dried up and how he can t possibly keep satisfying all these insatiable women while maintaining his own manhood It s easy to caricature Roth s work as an endless parade of onanism, mostly because books like this do it for you sure, there s some navel gazing about the pitfalls of succe [...]

    17. Jayant Maini

      Philip Roth is a master of comedy.his work is exceptionalry well writtenld and on your face Absolutely brilliant

    18. Ryan

      I continue to get sucked in by Roth a phrasing that Philip would indeed love, as I discover and his exploration of the themes of not only his Jewishness but that of sexuality In general this book covers themes that his earlier works has as well, but what I m really loving especially with the Zuckerman series is his method of playing around with the writer s mentality as Zuckerman the fictional writer explores his work and his art and its effect as a way of mirroring his own Roth s exploration [...]

    19. Rochelle

      The Anatomy Lesson is the third in Philip Roth s Nathan Zuckerman novels It stands alone you don t need to be familiar with the earlier books to understand Zuckerman or this story.Nathan Zuckerman has filled many pages of Philip Roth s novels over the decades Whether or not he reflects any of Roth s own experiences as an author, Zuckerman is a fully developed character, and never so than in The Anatomy Lesson.Here we re introduced to Zuckerman s chronic pain He has visited numerous health profe [...]

    20. Todd Charlton

      The Anatomy Lesson is the third in the Zuckerman Bound trilogy after The Ghost Writer and Zuckerman Unbound In the first he was the young writer who has upset his family, in the second he is the celebrity who has pissed of the entire Jewish identity In this book, we see Nathan Zuckerman at his lowest ebb He is in constant pain for no apparent reason and begins to believe he is being punished for his transgressions as a writer so much so that he no longer wants to be who he is He pretends at long [...]

    21. Jake Danishevsky

      Another excellent and mind twisting read from a well deserved author Philip Roth The is definitely entertaining, but not as much a page turn as Zuckerman Unbound, but still a page turner Now, with all the great plot and interesting page turning why does this book gets a 4 star, 1 star short from being perfect I started reading this book just about the time when an old injury or a few started to inflame to the point when 3 doctors visits, X rays, pain meds hard and soft didn t elevate the pressur [...]

    22. Saverio Mariani

      Il miglior libro della virtuale, ma manco tanto trilogia che ha come protagonista Nathan Zuckerman Rispetto a Lo scrittore fantasma e a Zuckerman scatenato, qui Roth ha un unico obiettivo una freccia piantata in un albero ed egli le gira intorno, sviscerandocene tutte le sfumature Zuckerman soffre di un mal di testa collo che lo blocca non solo fisicamente, ma anche nella scrittura Il successo di Carnovsky ancora un fardello, ed infatti egli d la colpa di questo dolore alla scrittura stessa, all [...]

    23. Mike

      this is the conclusion to the first zuckerman trilogy of roth s series From what i understand, this first collection of zuckerman books continued with The Prague Orgy is about the life of the artist and the writing process and the lows and highs of being a popular author Contrary to this, the later zuck books actually expand from these themes and deal with characters other than zuckerman himself Of these first three, i found zuckerman unbound to be the most entertaining to read it was funnier, [...]

    24. Martin

      There are parts of the book that are worthy of four stars, but they were few and far between As with the previous Zuckerman novels, it improved greatly as it progressed, but the first third of the novel I found incredibly tiresome I hate it when authors have to respond to their critics within their books I found it petty when Tina Fey responded to internet commenters in Bossypants as well , and having a literary alter ego respond to a fictional critic is one of the most trifling acts I can imagi [...]

    25. Richard

      For the first half of the book, I thought this was going to be my favorite Zuckerman book Nathan Zuckerman, put down by some serious pain that no one had been able to find the source of, stoops to the level of possibly letting happen what he d been resisting through Zuckerman Unbound, and that was becoming his own character, Carnovsky Like the previous book, Zuckerman still has some struggles with his fame, but some passages are LOL funny The extrmism and downright horniness of the writing becom [...]

    26. Jeremy Allan

      Do you pinch your arm to try to distract yourself from the pain of a stubbed toe Warning you may start to feel sympathetic pain if you set this book down midstream It s as if Nathan Zuckerman will leave you alone only so long as you keep on with his narrative Otherwise, he ll start to project his suffering on you, until you ve finished the novel My father says, Roth can be an acquired taste I believe everything my father says, but especially in this case So, if you don t like Roth, fine The dile [...]

    27. Krok Zero

      As always, Roth s prose is breathtaking, and engaging every step of the way But I m getting awfully tired of whiny ass Zuckerman It s amazing how Roth keeps finding new ways to weave innumerable handsome sentences out of what are essentially the same three or four of Zuckerman s problems I found it amusing that Zuck s big goal is to escape the solipsistic life of the novelist, while this novel The Anatomy Lesson is built entirely on a foundation of solipsism Obviously Roth knows that, so I guess [...]

    28. Beverly

      Nathan Zuckerman and his doppelganger Philip Roth have grown on me While not exactly likable, Nathan at age 41 in this installment of the Zuckerman trilogy helped me to understand the method of Roth s fictions They are totally centered in one single consciousness I guess that should be obvious, but somehow the intensity of Nathan s ruminating and suffering here made the obvious hit me over the head There was a funny section both ha ha and strange in this novel that showed how the novelist create [...]

    29. Bryan

      Accurate title I don t really want to talk about it, and maybe it should have rated three stars for its lack of narrative cohesion but who else can attempt to write a comic novel about back pain and end up collapsing in a cemetery and breaking everything but his teeth, then somehow those as well Do I feel sorry for Zuckerman Is his Jewish, heterosexual identified body fragile than my own We both have experienced jaw wiring and fellatio, in this case even toyed with as an active pursuit, so what [...]

    30. Aaron

      If one forgets that Zuckerman had six proper books, Anatomy Lesson s ending could serve as a fitting coda to the in that case Zuckerman trilogy Like Unbound, it is a very navel centric work, settling scores with the intellectual New Yorkers who turned on Roth in the late 50 s and early 60 s To some extent, it is a literary kin to Dylan s post folk work, when he broke with a similarly angry group of New York Jews, a mix tape of Positively 4th Street, Fourth Time Around, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowl [...]

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