Search Results: "Judith Roth"


BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT, DRAGONS by Judith Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"One could, perhaps, see the dragons as personified fears or bullies or other childhood terrors, conquered by the brave wielding of chocolate, but one could also see a slightly unfocused and underimagined bedtime story. You make the call. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small boy states that he is "called to tame dragons" and proceeds to do so in a question-begging flight of fancy. Read full book review >

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SERENDIPITY & ME by Judith L.  Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Ultimately the predictable story arc and limited character development prevent this novel in verse from channeling the charm of the eponymous fluffy kitten that appears on the cover. (Verse/fiction. 9-12)"
Overly deliberate plotting and uneven writing weigh down Roth's debut. Read full book review >

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FISHING FOR METHUSELAH by Roger Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"A rousing adventure with irascible, lovable heros. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Roth delivers an unabashedly outrageous tale about the one that got away in this saga of two competitive fishermen and the wise fish that teaches them a lesson about friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
Released: May 3, 2011

"Guaranteed to fly off the shelves. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Cliques writ large take over in the first of a projected dystopian trilogy. Read full book review >

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CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up) "
Two teens fight for their freedom and their lives in Roth's new intergalactic adventure. Read full book review >

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ZUCKERMAN UNBOUND by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1981

"So, though there's much that's engaging here—the superb dialogue, the deft comedy, the mostly seductive narration, the titillating recognition-factors for Portnoy's Complaint readers—those who responded to the subtler, fable-like connections of The Ghost Writer will be sorely disappointed by this much cruder, less daring, and largely redundant sequel."
In The Ghost Writer (1979), Roth explored the tensions between being-an-artist and being-a-human-being; he used the nakedly autobiographical figure of young (in the mid-1950s) writer Nathan Zuckerman; he compressed all the action into a few days; he wove his theme through sequences ranging from fantasy and farce to Chekhovian realism; and he came up with a magical novel, perhaps the best book of his career. Read full book review >

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PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1968

"Masterful in parts, phony in others, but obviously a 'hot' best-seller."
There are two voices in Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth's quasi-autobiographical tour de force, though both voices are the voices of the hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE OF THE 1002ND NIGHT by Joseph Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"One of the best novels of one of 20th-century Europe's greatest writers."
Thirteenth novel, and the last published (in 1939), by the Austrian author (1884—1939) whose richly textured fiction has earned him comparisons with Kafka, Musil, and Mann. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR GANG by Philip Roth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 1971

"STEAL THIS BOOK from the Oval Room coffee table."
A string of put-on, put-down face the nation appearances of Trick E. Dixon from the time when his original (authentic) statement on abortion and the sanctity of human life leads to some uncomfortable questions about Vietnam, My Lai, and the conjecture that one of Caltey's 22 victims might have been pregnant. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 1973

"As for the G.A.N., it is as much a dream as the 500 hitter, a goal made mythical by an arbitrary set of rules for a game which we (both writers and readers) now find tiring."
A book with this title just had to be written, and who is better qualified (if not Norman Mailer?) than Philip Roth, who's been doing his damnedest ever since Goodbye Columbus got the National Book Award back in 1959 when Ike was President. Read full book review >

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SABBATH'S THEATER by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"Roth here creates one of contemporary fiction's great characters—and manages the Herculean feat of containing him in a savage, spectacular novel that may well be his best."
If Chaucer's Wife of Bath had been a male Jewish sexagenarian, she might have sounded a lot like Morris "Mickey" Sabbath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 1997

"American fiction."
Roth's elegiac and affecting new novel, his 18th, displays a striking reversal of form—and content—from his most recent critical success, the Portnoyan Sabbath's Theater (1995). Read full book review >