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THE GHOSTWRITER has been published in 1979.

Nathan Zuckerman is a young American writer who's just published three successful novelettes. He sends his last work to his father, a member of the New-York Jewish community and must face his disappointment in front of the written description of family events that could provoke antisemitism among Nathan's readers. Nathan leaves New-York for Massachussetts where he meets his father in literature, Lonof, a secluded writer leaving with his wife and a beautiful young woman in a house lost in the country. Nathan will observe, during 24 hours, the real life of a man who's dedicated his life to literature. He will understand the secret relationship between Lonof and the young woman staying at his home who's also looking for the image of a father in Lonof.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   writer Inside culture (main char)    -   Jew Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Culture clash?    -   family young v. old guard Outside culture (society)    -   American American Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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