2.13.2006

recommendation

Read this book.

It's excellent. It scared the shit outta me.

7 comments:

Granny said...

Well I'm already scared, a little more won't matter.

My son works for a bookseller and can "check out" new books. I'll read it and then decide if I want to own it.

L-girl said...

It's the fear we should all have: the fear that is a warning. If you do read it, drop me a line, let me know what you think.

Cin said...

Wow. I'm reading this on a Monday morning, and that just added a little more scary into my day.

Still interested though, so will check to see if it's at my local public library.

Cheers, and all good things to you,

Cin

L-girl said...

Thanks Cin! Nice to see you here.

Wrye said...

Just how good is the history in it? I like some alternate histories, but others just set my teeth on edge because their history is weak to begin with. "If we can prevent the attack on Pearl Harbour we'll prevent World War 2" is a classic, as is any story where the Germans sound like Colonel Klink and the Americans like John Wayne.

L-girl said...

Just how good is the history in it?

It begins with 100% historical accuracy.

Then something happens - something fictional but, in my opinion, extremely plausible. And it goes from there.

To me, it was all completely credible. I kept thinking, thank god I'm in Canada already - then had to remind myself that it didn't really happen.

Now, this book may have affected me more deeply because I am Jewish, and from the exact type of background (one generation later) that Roth describes. That's one reason I'm very interested in other people's impressions. Allan is reading it now. If you choose to, please report!

Oh, there is also an appendix at the end with factual information on each character, for those who might not know where the fact ends and the fiction begins.

L-girl said...

If we can prevent the attack on Pearl Harbour we'll prevent World War 2" is a classic, as is any story where the Germans sound like Colonel Klink and the Americans like John Wayne.

Also, Philip Roth is too good for this. He's a great thinker and a great writer, far too complex for caricatures.