Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.The fate... show more
Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age, when he is rended by observing the deterioration of his contemporaries and stalked by his own physical woes.The terrain of this powerful novel is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.
Publish date: April 10th 2007
Pages no: 182
Edition language: English
Series: Nemeses (#1)
This is my first Philip Roth novel and it is a difficult book to rate. The writing is well done and Roth certainly knows how to get in the mind of his character. The problem for me was that I didn't particularly care for the main character or the focus of the story on his health and mortality. It ...
4.5 - I did not like the reader that much - but the book itself is tight, and moving, and frightening....
I think I'm giving this one 5 stars because I felt it spoke to me on a very fundamental level. I am, as was the main character in this book, a non-believer who has pondered deeply the concept of death, and its implications as one who does not subscribe to the idea of an afterlife. When the main ch...
Paperback: 192 pagesPublisher: Vintage (5 April 2007)Language EnglishISBN-10: 0099501465ISBN-13: 978-0099501466I have heard great things about Philip Roth so I ventured in via this book. This is about a man in his contrition and illness in late life before he has the operation that renders him dead....