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The Human Stain - Philip Roth
The Human Stain
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It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town an ageing classics professor, Coleman Silk is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real ruth... show more
It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town an ageing classics professor, Coleman Silk is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real ruth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser. Coleman Silk has a secret, one which has been kept for fifty years from his wife, his four children, his colleagues, and his friends, including the writer Nathan Zuckerman. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unravelled. And to understand also how Silk's astonishing private history is, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, 'magnificently' interwoven with 'the larger public history of modern America'.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780099282198 (0099282194)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: The American Trilogy (#3)
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Awogfli - Bookcroc
Awogfli - Bookcroc rated it
3.0 Mediokre Altherrenfantasie mit viel Geschwafel, platten Figuren aber grandiosem Plot
Wenn ich mich bei meinen Buch-Freunden umsehe, dann fällt auf, dass dieses Werk extrem stark polarisiert. Die einen lieben es, die anderen finden kein gutes Haar an ihm. Ich bin diesmal wie so oft in der Mitte und kann sowohl die Begeisterung als auch die Ablehnung verstehen, so wie ich hier auch d...
Osho
Osho rated it
This surprising novel from Roth is like being at the surf line. The water, though in motion, has a calm, unbroken surface. Then suddenly something snags, or accumulates, or breaks its surface tension. It foams, bubbles, gushes, gnashes. If you're standing in it, you might be knocked down, dragged un...
danthesasman
danthesasman rated it
5.0 The Human Stain
This is my favorite Roth novel.
AC
AC rated it
The only Roth I'd ever read was Portnoy, back when it came out (practically), and the Plot Against America - which didn't impress me at all. So I came to this book, which I listened to on audible, with a prejudice against Roth. I didn't like him, thought he was a fake, he didn't "look" like much of ...
JulieM
JulieM rated it
3.0 Human Stain (00) by Roth, Philip [Paperback (2001)]
Coleman Silk is a light-skinned African American who has been pretending he was white since his 20's. He becomes a professor at a small liberal arts college and moves his way up to the position of Dean of the school. But, he casually makes a comment about absent students being 'spooks' because he h...
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