The comedy of neuroses, as Roth practices it, has much of the elegance of an 18th-century comedy of manners, but it also allows itself plenty of latitude.
ZUCKERMAN BOUND has room for farce, when Zuckerman spends a night with an Irish film star whose steady lover is Fidel Castro; as well as for a full, accomplished treatment of a grim routine, the death of a Jewish father.
But mainly it has one great comic character, the sad and threatening Alvin Pepler, ex-Marine and ex-Tv celebrity, now alleging the theft of his private hang-ups, which are on the same lines as Portnoy's, for use in the famous novel.
In this chapter Dickens and Waugh live again' LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/05/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099515111