Search Results: "Philip Roth"


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EVERYMAN by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"A rich exploration of the epiphany that awaits us all—that 'life's most disturbing intensity is death.'"
Roth follows his recent succession of critically acclaimed novels (e.g., American Pastoral, 1997; The Plot Against America, 2004) with a compact meditation on mortality, which partially echoes his 1991 memoir-novel Patrimony. Read full book review >

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PATRIMONY  by Philip Roth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1990

"An elegy of overwhelming horror and pity—filled with Roth's graceful prose and narrative control, but also with a humanity sometimes missing in his other work."
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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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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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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LETTING GO by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1962

"It will get attention."
This is Philip Roth's first novel, following Goodbye Columbus, his exhilarating, uncompromising collection of short stories. 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 >

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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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I MARRIED A COMMUNIST by Philip Roth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 1998

"Despite its superb re-creation of the conflicted 1940s and the ordeal of the American Left, along with a plethora of sharply realized ideologues at verbal war, this very talky book is an example of Roth at his most forceful and eloquent, though perhaps rather less than his best."
Following the spectacular success of its immediate predecessor, American Pastoral (1997), Roth's ambitious new novel is another chronicle of innocence and idealism traduced—the demolition of what one of its characters calls "the myth of your own goodness." 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 HUMBLING by Philip Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Allusive, elusive and peppered with mordant wit to a downright Strindbergian degree—one of Roth's most eloquent, painful and memorable books."
Another concise, bruising examination of sexual obsession in early old age from Roth (Indignation, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1985

"A slight addition to the Zuckerman epic, then, but one that throws the work's Jewish themes into some strong relief."
Roth's last three novels—The Ghost Writer, Zuckerman Unbound, The Anatomy Lesson—have all dealt with the adventures, the headaches and neckaches, the ancestral burdens and complaints of novelist Nathan Zuckerman; here these three books are reprinted in full, then capped by a new, 83-page epilogue, "The Prague Orgy." Read full book review >

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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 >