Better get out a box of tissues, because youre about to cry tears of pleasure. After a lifetime of beg, 83 -year-old Pulitzer Prizewinning author Philip Roths dream has finally come true: He got to drive a golf cart.
The celebrated author has publicly asked for the chance to drive a golf cart again and again throughout his decades-long career, mentioning golf carts in nearly every interview hes ever devoted. Fellow novelist John Updike famously said of Roth, Ive never had a conversation with Philip that he did not try to turn toward golf carts. The man really looks forward to one day driving one, and he lets you know it.
Roths semi-autobiographical novels often feature protagonists for whomdespite a strong desire to do sodriving a golf cart remains just out of reach. Roth has built it no secret that the golf cartdriving aspirations of Nathan Zuckerman, the protagonist of many of his volumes, are very much based on his own.
In this passage from The Human Stain , narrator Zuckerman attempts to drive a golf cart 😛 TAGEND
On the route in front of me was parked a golf cart with a man seated in it. I thought of how Id love to strap myself into the cockpit and grip the handlebars, pushing them presented to drive the golf cart onward . Hello? I called out. A gruff voice reacted, What ? Sir, I was admiring your golf cart. You dont suppose I could drive … I started to say, only to be cut off by the sound of the cart beginning to drive away. The gruff voice called back with a cruel chuckle, Never .
Well, after all his years of beg, Philip Roth ultimately got his wishing. Last week, while visiting a friend, Roth noticed a golf cart in the garage and implored to be allowed to drive it. He was overjoyed when his friend said yes, and he took it out for a spin. Although a low battery entail he could only drive the cart about 40 yards before it succumbed, he was finally able to satisfy his lifelong urge.
Were so happy for you, Philip Roth!
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