The Great American Novel
Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to…
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This is a minor work in Roth’s illustrious career, but it is pure Roth - hilarious and outrageous - through and through. You can’t not love a novel that begins with an irreverent shot out to Moby Dick: Call me Smitty, is the novel’s first line, penned by a sportswriter and narrator Word Smith. Smitty’s story is the tragic career of the only Babylonian pitcher in major league history, a phenom named Gil Gamesh. (For those who are too far removed from your college classics courses, Gilgamesh is the great epic story of ancient Babylon.) Gil and his catcher concoct…
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