by Philip Roth

Gail Reid (02/26/12): Bucky Kantor is a young Jewish man, a high school physical education teacher and summer athletic director in wartime Newark. Although his poor eyesight keeps him from joining the war effort, he has reached the pinnacle of his career, thanks to supportive grandparents who raised him.

When polio swarms over his section of Newark and strikes some of his students, he remains stalwart in his job of supervising kids until his fiancee begs him to join her at a camp in the mountains. An outbreak of polio at the camp is the turning point in the book. How Bucky reacts and what the future brings for him is not predictable. Understanding the real "nemesis" is key to the story.

The most surprising thing about Philip Roth's recent book Nemesis is that it doesn't "feel" like Philip Roth. There is no daring prose or complex characters but there is a very good story, well worth telling and based on some historical circumstances that are not widely known.
Rating: ****

Alma Klein: I have just finished reading Nemesis by Philip Roth. The story takes place in the summer of 1944 in the Weequahic section of Newark, NJ and the polio epidemic and it's effect on the neighborhood and it's families. Anyone who knows the area will greatly enjoy the book. I rate this book a 4.
Rating: ****

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