I would love some pointers on what I should read of Roth’s. I generally like the ‘big’ American writers (although Saul Bellow is still unchartered territory for me) but nothing has quite clicked.
I’ve read Portnoy’s Complaint (which, as I said in my comment above, I liked, but didn’t love, and I like the conceit of it, especially in the context of the reveal at the end). I’ve also read Our Gang, which again, I thought was fun as an idea, and I read it at the height of my mini-obsession with all things Nixon related in 2008 and filed it next to that Robert Altman film with Philip Baker Hall playing Nixon in the category of ‘things I wanted to like more than I did’. The only other book I’ve read is The Ghost Writer, the first of the Zuckerman books. I think I liked this one the most but because I 100% prefer reading the physical copies of books rather than E-books, especially ones I want/need to flick back a few pages to pick up on details, I haven’t gone any further with the Zuckerman books because I want to read them in order, and I have limited access where I live to physical copies of books and ordering stuff from the UK is annoyingly expensive and books take literally weeks to get here.