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If you seek messiness, I recommend Sabbath's Theater. I skipped a bunch of books following the Zuckerman Trilogy and did not return until American Pastoral. Sabbath was the novel that preceded that, and I didn't read it until shortly before his last public reading, which I attended:


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I wouldn't say I "seek" messiness, but after encountering it in Letting Go I was surprised by how "clean" The Ghost Writer is. Any author that can write so well at both extremes is impressive, and now I'm more prepared to encounter either in future Roth; maybe even some that finds a middle ground. If he maintains this level I'll probably end up going through much (if not most) of his bibliography. It also helps that most of his later novels seem relatively short.
 
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