Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nemesis by Philip Roth

This book is told by Bucky Cantor, the young playground director of the Chancellor Avenue playground in 1944 Newark. When a polio outbreak ravages the kids at the playground, Bucky, a hero to the boys, becomes spooked and gives in to the wishes of his fiancĂ©e, who wants him to take a job at the Pocono summer camp where she works.  This book captures the fear and hysteria during the Polio Epedemic in not knowing how it infects and therefore, how to avoid contracting it.

Club Rating: 3.5