by Philip Roth
Jonathan Cape, $35 hb, 282 pp, 9780224089531
With book thirty-one arriving as its author approaches his seventy-eighth birthday, the numbers are stacking up for Philip Roth. Yet while it is more than fifty years since his publishing début with Goodbye Columbus (1959), he seems to have locked on to an accelerating production line at a time when many of his contemporaries are in rocking chairs. That is an image with no relevance to Roth, given his energised mind, his curiosity-driven questing, and his self-confessed need ‘to make serious mischief’.