New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. Muriel Nasser (jacket design). First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Good. Ex-library. Stamps and markings consistent with prior library use. Quarter-clothed black boards with gilt lettering to spine and front board. Deckled fore edge. EFEP is damaged from removal of glued library materials. Slightly toned. 161 pp. / Very Good. Slightly yellowed. Wrapped in rather scuffed clear plastic and affixed to boards. Item #12124
This novel of Ozick's deals with the constant struggle of achieving perfection. The main character, Joseph, is a Jewish-Frenchman living in the middle of America. He had faced many hardships during the first decades of his life. When he finally is able to overcome them and enjoy the blessings of his emancipation, he cannot let go of his own sense of failure. The relationships he has in the latter part of his life are not fufilling because he focuses on the lack in these people, not thier ability. Joseph fails to value people as individuals. As a result, he is destined to be ordinary and unhappy instead of trying to be extraordinary. At the end of the novel he is given a chance to change his outlook on life. This novel was an easy read and full of beautiful, descriptive imagery.