Search Results: "Philip Roth"


BOOK REVIEW

ROTH UNBOUND by Claudia Roth Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Although not a substitute for a full biography, Pierpont's book offers a candid and sympathetic portrait of an audacious writer."
An insightful portrait of a creative life. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH ROTH by Joseph Roth
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"A quintessential depiction of one man's view from the brink of the abyss."
The doomed world of interwar Europe comes to burning life in the anguished correspondence of the peripatetic Austrian novelist/journalist. Read full book review >

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INDIGNATION by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A twist in narrative perspective reinforces this novel's timelessness."
In a plot that evokes the author's earlier work, Roth (Exit Ghost, 2007, etc.) focuses on a young man's collegiate coming of age against the deadly backdrop of the Korean War. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN STAIN by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2000

"Roth's late maturity looks more and more like his golden age."
Roth's extraordinary recent productivity (the prizewinning Sabbath's Theater, 1995, and American Pastoral, 1997) continues apace with this impressively replete and very moving chronicle of an academic scandal and its impact on both the aging professor at its center and his friend—alter ego novelist Nathan Zuckerman. Read full book review >

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PATRIMONY by Philip Roth
Released: Feb. 11, 1990

Roth has used the relationship between his life and art in a gimmicky way in his fiction, and even his brutal memoir The Facts (1988) was not free of this defect. Read full book review >

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THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1977

"From the waist down, then—the same old story, sans laughs; but, in head and heart—a subdued and seductive journey."
In 1972, the mature David Kepesh told us how he turned into The Breast, but here are his earlier, less symbolic guises—child of the Borscht Belt, scholar of Chekhov and Kafka, and wrestler with temptation. Read full book review >

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READING MYSELF AND OTHERS by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 1975

"This time anyone can play Dr. Spielvogel."
This is an act of self-vindication, an expression of Philip Roth's "continuing need for self-analysis and self-justification," a valiant defense of the naked and exposed "moral flank" some critics have found obscene. Read full book review >

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KING PHILIP by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 18, 1950

"Mark this as a three star attraction — for school, regional interest and a swell story."
A thrilling and sincerely conceived story of the great chief of the Narragansett Indians who led a "rebellion" against the New England colonists in 1675. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE FACTS by Philip Roth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1988

"Zuckerman finds the memoirs too 'kind, discreet, careful' to be truthful; he mocks the idyllic 'romance of your childhood,' distrusts the portrait of Josie ('Everything you are today you owe to an alcoholic shiksa'), and wonders why Roth's sexual compulsions get so little attention, it's a slightly precious gimmick—but a neat, corrosive windup to a semi-absorbing semi-autobiography that raises as many questions as it answers."
Roth—the most relentlessly and trickily autobiographical of major American novelists—now offers "to demythologize myself and play it straight, to pair the facts as lived with the facts as presented." Read full book review >