Philip Roth is a great scribbler, clever, entertaining... blah blah blah. I just did not think that The Counterlife was interesting or terribly worth while. I became annoyed more often than impressed or deeply moved. It is another of those more recent books which becomes a wholly new thing by the achieve. This device is used well so the read eventually does repay off but the stretch out of it simply isn't stimulating or satisfying, neither intellectually nor emotionally.