My view may be simplistic, but it is this: novels engage the reader by telling stories. An ambiguous end to a novel is not a problem -- ambiguity is fine. In fact, it may be the most truthful way for a novel to end.
Some of the Philip Roth's novels had more importance in my narrative -- and in my life -- than others. I'll try to list five of them. And I will not affirm that they are the best ones written by Mr. Roth, who wrote several masterpieces.
At this weekend's "Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Donation and Celebration," Harlemites and anyone else who wants to participate can come out this Saturday and assert the importance of real, live books.