A portrait of an Artist as an old man

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Eugene Pota is a novelist in his mid-seventies whose commercial and critical success has never managed to reach the heights of his first novel, which made his name and is considered an all-time classic. Struggling to write what will be the last novel of his career, Pota is at a loss for thoughts.

What makes this book stand out?

A moderately fragmental, unapologetically chatty, and extremely funny novel where Heller truly has the last laugh at his own expense.

Read it for

It's Heller’s last and posthumous novel — bitterly heart-to-heart portrayal of an over-the-hill, clapped-out and disconnected senior novelist clambering to settle on one idea for his parting feature.

Don't read it for

The book is not as funny as the other Joseph Heller's popular novels.

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