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Book Title: Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories|
The author of the book: Philip Roth
ISBN 13: 9780099498155
Date of issue: 2006
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Roth is a cosmic anomaly.* He wins Major Award #1 (out of like, a dozen TOTAL)--the National Book Award--for this, his freshman effort, thereby launching his oeuvre, his contributions to the zeitgeist, his Master's talent and CONFIDENCE. But does it deserve it?
For the future career of this literary cosmonaut, yes; but as a stand alone debut? Absolutely not!
It is a love story of a "I'm this type of Jew but you are this type of Jew" variety. Historically significant, yet overrated, overpraised. I suppose. "Know it exists," says me. "Don't read it." (i.e. "On the Road," "Under the Volcano," "Tropic of Cancer," "Mao II" et. al.)
As for the accompanying stories--well, this is Philip Roth. So although we do get the rotten novella out of the way in the beginning (**), the short stories are very good (****). Earlier Roth is way more playful here than anything that comes later (you hardly ever laugh in any of his dramatic American tragedies); dare I say, picaresque?
Two of the stories are even about childhood, which we NEVER really see in his beloved novels. (Kinda reminds me of another premiere writer, Mario Vargas Llosa. His own short story collection at the beginning of his career, "The Cubs and Other Stories," likewise portrays children and childhood--what it is to be green in something one day you will master! What it is to give up forays into shortstoryland for a titanic career as novelist!) Roth's five s.s. are all ambitious, topical, jarring (even funny--this is, again, like soooo rare for Roth*!)--important to the fabric of American history.
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Read information about the authorPhilip Milton Roth was an American novelist. He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus (winner of 1960's National Book Award), cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy's Complaint, and has continued to write critically-acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman. The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and include American Pastoral (1997) (winner of the Pulitzer Prize). In May 2011, he won the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement in fiction.
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