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review 2018-06-04 23:42
Review of The Dying Animal by Philip Roth
The Dying Animal - Philip Roth

This is my fourth Roth novel and I am not sure how I feel about it.  The narrator/main character is an old professor who basically discusses how his sexual desires have been the central part of his life.  He spend most of the story talking about an affair he had with a 24 year old Cuban student and how he became obsessed with her (which was different than the many other liaisons he had throughout his life).  The writing is well done, but I couldn't help but think that Roth was projecting his own desires through his character.  While I don't think a man's sexual desire should end by the time he is in his 70s, I am not sure the obsession with it is entirely healthy - or at least something I want to think about at this point in my life.

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review 2018-05-18 15:24
Review of Indignation by Philip Roth
Indignation - Philip Roth

This short novel was a coming of age type of novel about a New Jersey Jewish kid leaving home for college.  The story is set against the backdrop of the Korean War, but it mostly focuses on the maturity and personal growth (if you can call it that) of the main character.  Roth certainly knows how to create a character, but as usual, there is a real darkness to his characters (at least from what I take away from them).  A solid read from a talented writer, but not a page-turner in the sense that you can't wait to find out what happens next.

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review 2018-05-17 12:53
Review of The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth

This was a fascinating novel - mainly due to what I see on the news every day today.  I loved the alternative history and the way Roth builds up the rise to fascism and the anti-Semitic tones of the story is impressive.  The characters are also nicely done, but the story itself did not have me turning pages.  It was a slow burn, and there was never a real desire for me to find out what happens next to the main characters.  That is why I did not rate the book higher.  With that said, the parallels between our political climate today and the alternate world Roth wrote about over a decade ago were scary at times.  

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review 2018-05-12 18:47
Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Tris and Four are left fending for themselves and hiding from the Dauntless and Erudite traitors. They must work together and with everyone lese in order to solve everything. However, doing this may be harder than they thought because the traitors have found a way to defeat everybody, possibly even the Divergent.

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