Author Topic: Philip Roth  (Read 1696 times)

Philip Roth
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:28:30 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44220189

After Tom Wolfe last week, American letters (and words, and sentences) suffers another loss.

buttgammon

  • Magnums (Magna)
Re: Philip Roth
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 09:32:24 AM »
Brilliant writer. American Pastoral, The Plot Against America and Portnoy's Complaint are all favourites of mine. I always thought he was a Nobel Prize candidate, especially as he has the foresight to quit while he was ahead, so he didn't suffer the late career tail-spin of a lot of great writers.

Re: Philip Roth
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 09:38:55 AM »
Been a bit of a bad month for great American authors. I hope Tom Pynchon's feeling okay.

Re: Philip Roth
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 09:51:16 AM »
I've only read his stuff from the mid-90s on, and American Pastoral is an absolute masterpiece.  The long scene where Swede reunites with his daughter is one of the most intense passages of writing I know.

newbridge

  • Endless Summer of George
Re: Philip Roth
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 12:54:08 AM »
Hated Portnoy's Complaint. Dreadful.

Re: Philip Roth
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2018, 01:16:55 AM »
RIP you dirty old bollocks.

Re: Philip Roth
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2021, 06:01:48 PM »
https://www.bookforum.com/print/2801/the-life-of-philip-roth-and-the-art-of-literary-survival-24390

A superb review of a new biography of Roth.  It doesn't make me want to buy the book, or even inspire me to return to Roth's novels (though I will re-read American Pastoral one day), but it does make me feel I need to read more by Christian Lorentzen.  It's a magnificent piece of writing.

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