Does Anyone Here Love Philip Roth?

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  1. Nekoman

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    A thread to discuss his work.

    Not his life.

    I can't stop reading him, he's brilliant.

    Anyone else here agree?
     
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    I own Portnoy's Complaint and enjoyed The Human Stain and Letting G, so yeah, I guess I enjoy Roth. But, I am a bit critical of his portrayal of women as well.
     
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    ditto for me
     
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    I haven't read anything of his since Portnoy in the seventies. I really enjoyed it, but somehow have managed to miss him altogether since then. "Now, ve may to begin,,,?"
     
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    I share a day of birth with him, and I was born very close to where he was born too.

    Anyway I liked Sabbath's Theater quite a bit. I love the graphic sex, and yes Mickey Sabbath is kind of a dirty old man (and perhaps not that likable in some ways), but his his devotion to his deceased longtime lover & the reminiscing about his brother are touching to me. I love the sharp comedy, the sexual frankness and the deeper seriousness than some of his other work. And I take some pleasure in the character's mad, abiding need for sexual contact and his ability to arrange his life around that need.

    I liked it more than Portnoy's, and I liked that novel too.
     
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    Ahhh... I had to read the Goodbye Columbus novella in college and it was a seminal experience for me. That story sucked me in maybe more than any other work of fiction has. Of course, I was the same age as Neil when I read it and really related to the character.

    I can honestly say that the intense experience wasn't because of the plot or the character development. It was the writing 100%. Roth is a genius.
     
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    I've read a lot of his books, most of the way through Letting Go. So many are brilliant, difficult deciding which is most favorite. Sabbath, Shylock, American Pastoral, Plot AgainstAmerica...all great. I like the shorter ones too. The only book I DISLIKED was "The Dying Animal" too one note. Haven't done "The Humbling" yet. Anyone read it?
     
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