Considering Roth for MA thesis material, I thought I should at least check out his debut. Had already read some short works of his, but never any short stories, so this collection of one novella and five stories was something new. The novella I liked. It's got a quick, easy plot and good characters. While not entirely 'gripping' or something, it was charming. Of the stories I liked "Epstein" and "Eli, the fanatic" best. The other three were okay in their way, but these two were really good, both touching and disturbing at the same time. A good debut. Next Roth maybe part two of the Zuckerman books or Sabbaths's theatre.
16 January 2009