by: Philip Roth
What a downer! The book starts out, “Around the grave in the rundown cemetery . . .” and gets more depressing from there. A few words of wisdom are included along the way, but nevertheless depressing. Full of sound and fury . . . signifying nothing. I left out the part about ‘told by an idiot,’ because Philip Roth is certainly not an idiot. In fact, the book is well written and riveting. He is an outstanding storyteller. Unfortunately, in this story there is either a hospital stay or a death every few pages. Spoiler alert: Don’t count on the ending to cheer you up.