From the Levinson-Krupp Library June 2018

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Philip Roth: A Farewell to One of the 20th Century’s Greatest Writers

Philip Roth died on May 22, 2018 at the age of 85. His work addressed, sometimes humorously and sometimes tragically, the social upheavals of the post-war era. When Roth was awarded the Man Booker Prize for lifetime achievement in 2011, the chair of the judging panel said, “For more than 50 years, Philip Roth’s books have stimulated, provoked and amused an enormous, and still expanding audience. His imagination has not only recast our idea of Jewish identity, it has also reanimated fiction.”

 

 

FIC ROT
GOODBYE, COLUMBUS

Roth’s award-winning first book instantly established its author’s reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters. Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories that range in tone from the iconoclastic to the astonishingly tender and that illuminate the subterranean conflicts between parents and children and friends and neighbors in the American Jewish diaspora.

 

FIC ROT
PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT

The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth’s masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named Alexander Portnoy. Portnoy’s Complaint is also emblematic of the times during which it was published. Most obviously, the book’s sexual frankness was both a product of and a reflection on the sexual revolution that was in full swing during the late 1960s. And the book’s narrative style has often been likened to the stand-up performances of 1960s comedian Lenny Bruce.

 

SC BIO ROT
PATRIMONY

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old father-famous for his vigor, charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections-battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long, stubborn engagement with life.

 

BIO ROTH
THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA

Never more relevant than now, this national bestseller will challenge all who believe that “it can’t happen here.” In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America, and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.

 

FIC ROT
THE FACTS

The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction, a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

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In addition to these books, we have a number of other Philip Roth books in our library in the fiction section with the call number FIC ROT:

  • American Pastoral
  • The Counterlife, Everyman
  • Exit Ghost
  • The Facts
  • The Ghost Writer
  • Indignation
  • Nemesis
  • Operation Shylock

Remember we often get new books, DVDs, and CDs in the Levinson-Krupp Library. You can access the catalogue online at shaloha.com. Just click on the library and you will find the link.

Happy Summer Reading.

Aloha!
Deborah, Sally, and Charlotte

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