The Great American Novel, the highlight of Roth's mostly ignored/forgotten boffo comedy period. Intriguing!I love of some of GR, a few parts, and some of the rest works fairly well, but not enough for me to vote for it. Instead, will go for Great Jones Street: like Americana it's funny, eerie, thoughtful, mobile, and too talky, as the author seems to realize, considering the ending, which kinda works, and the monologues, individually, are pretty good, also conversations. The narrator is an Iggy Dylan, who likes to run around the atage naked, and writes pretty good lyrics. He has a British colleague who specializes in "bitckpicking": fussing with one sweater-pill of the song 'til the whole thing comes unraveled, in a gloriously maddening way. ID goes away, to ponder things, in a walk-up on early 70s Great Jones St. Meets some tawwwky bastards, also his girlfriend visits. Imperfect, but I'm going with it.
― dow, Monday, 7 June 2021 01:00 (four months ago) link
oh, how is The Rachel Papers?? Have read that MA's early novels actually don't suck.
― dow, Monday, 7 June 2021 01:02 (four months ago) link
Think he had a good run up until Money and then maybe London Fields. *ducks*
― AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 June 2021 01:16 (four months ago) link
In my early twenties I read Slaugherhouse Five, thought it was fine; read Cat's Cradle, thought it was ok; read Breakfast of Champions, thought it was a laugh riot. Of course I don't remember a thing about it now.
― I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Monday, 7 June 2021 08:49 (four months ago) link
The main thing I remember about it is the naughty doodles.
― o. nate, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:20 (four months ago) link
― heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:21 (four months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link
Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1974
― Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 10:19 (four months ago) link