Search Results: "Philip Roth"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COUNTERLIFE by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1986

"Certainly Roth's most complex, ambitious work—and one of his best."
Much of the last two decades' metafictional nattering is made to look like so much sandbox-play by Roth's new novel; if the technique of ostensibly real characters imagining they're in books (and vice-versa) has a fatal flaw, it's that neither character nor book usually tackles the unbearable alibis, transgressions, and needs—and the punishingly naked absurdity—that both art and life seem to demand. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST WRITER by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1979

"Elegantly floating and at the same time firmly grounded to home and heart—a sonata-like masterwork."
Is it possible that Portnoy's Complaint will some day be remembered only as the book that made Philip Roth famous enough to afford to write great, quiet novellas later on? Read full book review >

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THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"An almost unbelievably rich book, and another likely major prizewinner."
A politically charged alternate history in which Aryan supremacist hero Charles Lindbergh unseats FDR in 1940—with catastrophic consequences for America's Jews. 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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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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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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GOODBYE, COLUMBUS by Philip Roth
Released: May 7, 1959

"A Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award (and a good deal more literary than some recent choices) this is a must for all readers interested in the contemporary American literary scene."
The world of the American Jew provides the cultural milieu for the title short novel and five stories by a young writer familiar to readers of the New Yorker, Esquire, Commentary and the Paris Review. Read full book review >

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Released: April 8, 1993

"No matter: rarely have fact and fiction, personal confession and wild imaginings, led such a deeply, unnervingly comic dance."
Roth has worked out so frequently and acrobatically with fictional versions of himself that his entanglement here with a doppelganger insisting that he's Philip Roth—a double whose visionary "diasporism" gets the hapless narrator tied up in plots engineered by the Mossad, the PLO, and God knows who else- -is as logical as it is frenetically funny. Read full book review >

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THE ANATOMY LESSON by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 1983

"Still, if some readers will be lured (or put off) by Roth's roman clef specifics, others will be drawn to the Chinese-box ironies (Zuckerman yearning to escape 'self' in '73, Roth at the summit of 'self' in '83)—and to the squirming spectacle of a writer trying to find a bearable approach for fictional self-examination, trying to defend himself and crucify himself at the same time."
Zuckerman in pain—physical pain, psychic pain, existential pain—as Roth continues to follow his nakedly, overbearingly autobiographical alter-ego: what was high art in The Ghost Writer became a glossy, so-so hybrid in Zuckerman Unbound. . . and has now become something intermittently powerful or funny, strangely fascinating, yet grimly embarrassing, It's 1973. Read full book review >

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WHEN SHE WAS GOOD by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 1967

"Well, When She was Good couldn't be better for what it is although it will probably be reviewed for what it is not; it's a consuming melodrama and even if it takes you unaware, it won't find you asleep."
Even though Roth has written only one collection of short stories and one novel, he was quickly established as one of the ablest writers to make the Jewish scene. Read full book review >

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DECEPTION by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1990

"More expository 'presence' might have supercharged this (as it did in The Counterlife) origami-model Roth novel a little, though: you do have the feeling of being set up, of it being all indictment and no trial."
A novel of voices—men's and women's, but mostly the voices of a couple having an illicit affair, he a married writer, she another man's wife. Read full book review >

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NEMESIS by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"For it is within these short novels that Roth tackles nothing less than the human condition, which finds its nemesis in the mirror."
For those who monitor the growing list of books by Philip Roth, his forthcoming, Nemesis, presents a revelation as startling as the discovery of a planet or the alignment of a new constellation. Read full book review >