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Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The best-selling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.

The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with deat...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2006)
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RandomAnthony
Yesterday I read Everyman. The novel's not long, maybe 180 small pages, and I wasn't doing anything exciting other than shopping at Costco and dodging a water balloon fight (despite my protestations of “I'm not playing! I'm not playing!”). The book intrigued me because 1) Mary, one of the local librarians, put it on her “recommended” shelf (I mean for real, in the library, not on GR), 2) at least two of my friends hated it, and 3) I needed something short because I finished a novel Saturday and...more
Ben
My first Philip Roth novel.

I listened to it on audio. If you don't think that counts, I understand. I personally think that if it invalidates my opinion, it isn't by much. I think in this case, my basic reaction would have been the same, whether viewed with the eye or listened with the ear.

I've heard passionate arguments for and against Philip Roth here on goodreads for quite some time now. He's one of only a handful of modern-day American writers with boatloads of awards and a strong literary...more
Matt Kosinski
Sep 20, 2007 Matt Kosinski rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Optimists, pre-teens, chick-lit fans
I was a little nervous about reading Everyman. I didn't know if I wanted to subject myself to a book I knew was going to be such a downer, nor was I in a hurry to be reminded that I'm going to die one day and that growing old will be a terrifying experience.

But now that I've finished it, I don't think it'll keep me up at night like I had thought it would. This book is less about the horror of facing your inevitable death, and more about the hell you can create for yourself in old age if you live...more
K.D. Absolutely
If I have it my way, I would have included the book in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Why? This book teaches, or reminds, us on what really matters in life. This prepares us on what to do when it is time to face the music: of getting old, of facing death. I know that sounds like a cliché, but Roth seemed to have poured his heart out in this book. Roth was 71 when he was writing this and the sequence of his life, e.g., series of sickness and divorces, is said to parallel the life of...more
John
"What I learned from this book": Philip Roth hates life but he also really really doesn't want to die. He's literati's crowned-king miserablist, saying "old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre."

Especially for those who give up fighting. I've tried a few Roth books on the basis of his reputation, but remain mystified -- I think the awards people keep handing him trophies simply from muscle memory. The writing is drab, the characters one-note, and the dialogue often strained and silly (Ever...more
Seham .
للتوّ انتهيتُ منها وآخر ما فكرتُ فيه: لماذا كُلُّ رجُل؟ لِمَ ليس كُلّ امرأة؟ بما أن ما يكتبه الميّت كان حول زيجاته وفشله الذريع مع الحياة؟ لِمَ كان كُلّ رجُل؟ هل لأن فيليب روث حينما قال: أنه يتوجه بكامل كتبه إلى الرجال، أيّ علاقة؟ أم أنهُ يعني أن الشخصيات التي يكتبها فيليب بحسّه الصحفي تجيء على هيئة رجل دائمًا؟ يؤسفني ألا أجد أيّ قراءة عربيّة لهذه الرواية القصيرة. يؤسفني حقًا ألا يكون هناك من تعايش مع المرض والشيخوخة بدورهما الأساسي الذي تأتي به الحياة. هناك شعور لا أتميزه لكنه يُحلق بيّ عاليًا،...more
Ginny_1807
Bellissimo romanzo, di una tristezza infinita.
In esso la morte rappresenta, come è logico, il punto d’arrivo, cioè la conclusione dell’esistenza, ma al tempo stesso costituisce anche il punto di partenza, ossia la prospettiva in base alla quale vengono considerate e ripercorse le varie fasi della vita.
Ad accentuare questa impressione concorrono sia la tecnica narrativa adottata da Roth (una voce narrante in terza persona, che si identifica totalmente con il protagonista già defunto), sia la sc...more
M-ray DeFreese
You can finish this book in under two hours.
You will anxiously burn through the pages waiting for something meaningful to happen.
It never will.

That's kind of, I think, the point.

Even so it will break your heart and you will not be able to sleep all night and you will call your grandma and tell her you love her and you will spend the next week slow-breathing yourself out of an ever-on-the-verge-of-overwhelming-your-sensibilities panic attack.

At this point you may wish you'd never read it.
You...more
Steve
On one level, structurally at least, Everyman operates as a traditional novel, and not a particularly adventurous one. Family and friends gather for the funeral of a man, in his 70s and with a history of health problems, who has died (on the operating table). People reminisce, the good, the bad, etc. A mixed bag with multiple marriages (it is Roth after all), with multiple voices throwing in their two cents. And then the novel shifts to the Everyman of the title, and we now hear this man's histo...more
Joe
Jun 22, 2007 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyman and Everywoman
Shelves: fiction
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Evan
This is the story of a man arriving at the time of life that he never thought would come -- "the remote future" -- the moment of his obliteration. It's a novel about aging, sickness and death in which Roth contemplates the decline of human powers -- told with the inimitable economy he is famous for.

At first, the book seems sketchy, even shallow, as it weaves its family saga. It is in the book's second half that Roth is at his best, contemplating the mistakes, regrets, and small triumphs of a lif...more
Evan
This book is a lesson on the pointlessness of life from an aging atheist's point of view. It reads like an atheistic morality tale, as the title would suggest.

I felt like the prose oversimplified and and in many ways trivialized some fairly important issues related to aging and dying. It's principal character lacks any real courage and is beyond being sympatetic because of his human frailties.

I found this book to be a whiny attempt to justify a fairly shallow existence.

The only redeeming quali...more
Irwan
A beautiful, sometimes gentle, some other times brutal, account for the late phase of a man's life. It is about attitude towards old-age and death. The hero starts with a fearful denial, clinging to his past glories and failures, and ends with a peaceful acceptance towards the inevitable. Some sentences caught my attention like: "Old age is not a battle; old age is a massacre". The most unforgettable moment was the dialogue with the black gravedigger who explained in details the technique to dig...more
Sawsan
رواية "كل رجل" عن الانسان بين الحياة والموت
مواجهة الحقيقة والاعتراف بالأخطاء وتقبلها أو الندم عليها
التمسك بالعلاقات الصادقة والانتباه للأشياء الحقيقية المهمة في الحياة
تبدأ بجنازة بطل الرواية وتنتهي بموته أثناء عملية جراحية, تفاصيل حياة رجل, يعرض كل مراحلها إلى أن يصل إلى الشيخوخة
يتأمل حياته المليئة بالتجارب والأحداث, طفولته, نجاحه في عمله, زيجاته وخياناته, وعلاقته بأسرته وحالته الصحية, إلى أن يتقدم في العمر ويبقى مع الذكريات والبحث عن الراحة في آخر العمر
الأحداث غير مرتبة زمنيا, ينتقل فيليب روث...more
David Lentz
Why do so many people pour forth pure and even apparently sincere adoration for this writer? He wins top literary awards. He sells millions of books. He writes short bleak, even hopeless books without stylistic invention about the lives and deaths of horrible, whining, shallow, narcisistic protagonists living in ugly places. Yes, every man lives and dies. We grow old. The body breaks down. We die. Give the man a PEN/Faulkner Award and a Pulitzer Prize. I can't imagine why so many critics find so...more
Danielle
I kinda wish I hadn't finished this book, but first, the plusses: 1) As a young adult, it really gave me a new perspective on the length of a life and what really matters now and in the future. 2) The writing was refreshing: unpretentious, yet engaging.
On the downside, I just didn't want to hear that much about his various sexual relationships and regrets. Also, let's face it, getting old and dying is depressing, so it's not all that much fun to read about. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyo...more
Sylvie
Initially I found this book to be rather bland - a simple narrative of the life events of a broken individual, drowned in an excessively negative outlook on the inevitable human condition that is death and the natural precursor to it, old age. Yet beneath this hardened outer crust I discovered something quite to the opposite effect. Seen in a different light, one may detect allusions to the idea of the eternal child that never abandons our soul. Though for many of us the flame of our youth loses...more
Alissa Nelson
Something about Everyman struck home for me in ways that a lot of Roth's other books have not. Perhaps it is the fact that the cemetery that centers his narrative is a ringer for my mother's family cemetery. Maybe it is the everyman's medical complaints, which I see paralleling my father's. I certainly acknowledge that this is part of the point, that he is supposed to be a universal figure, that we are supposed to identify with him.

Roth hasn't lost his edge, but in a lot of ways I see him mello...more
Jim
This is a book that takes some courage to read, and must have taken incredible courage and guts to write. It is never easy to face one's own mortality, and Everyman is about nothing but mortality -- about that inescapable transition between having a life to live and ... having a life to lose. The hero is an advertising man, son of a New Jersey jeweler, who marries three times and is now alone; who has three children, two of whom hate him; who has lived all his life troubled by visits to the hosp...more
Mike
Every time Roth reminds the world that he's run out of anything new to say, the world thanks him for the reminder by giving him a prize. That seems to have been the system for a couple of decades now.

Everyman is certainly depressing, but that's pretty much all the credit I can give it. It's garbage, but it's definitely Philip Roth-style garbage: suffocating, repetitive, self-derivative, and bereft of imagination...but in a way that is uniquely his. This particular piece of shit is a slight, simp...more
Russell
Nov 07, 2007 Russell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are already afraid of dying.
As with any book that is well written, the message came across and had an impact on me, but I didn't love it. The main character struggles throughout his life with an overwhelming fear of death. As such almost all of his thoughts and actions are tainted by his fears and he is constantly trying to recapture the youth that has left his grasp. This leads to doubt and regret and self-loathing and all kinds of other shit that I have no patience or respect for. Maybe I'll be able to relate as I grow o...more
Sara
For such a slim book to be packed with such an emotional punch, is due in large part to Roth's mastery of the English language. He has always been able to craft a beautiful sentence. Even when the subject matter is dark and heavy - as is the case with Everyman - there is a certain unassuming beauty to the way that Roth tells a story.

To be clear, this is not a feel-good book. It deals with man's (the everyman of the title) struggle with his own mortality. While never a light topic, it is a worth...more
Pris robichaud

Everyman- Summoning The Living To Death, 4 Mar 2007


In literature and drama, the term everyman has come to mean an ordinary individual, with whom the audience or reader is supposed to be able to identify, and who is often placed in extraordinary circumstances. The name derives from a 16th century English morality play called Everyman"
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Superb, Perfect, Impassioned, Masterpiece, these are the words used to describe Philip Roth's book, 'Everyman'. A small, 182 page books, read in one sitt...more
Gerund
IN THE 15th-century English morality play Everyman, the titular character is summoned by Death and learns that neither friends, worldly goods nor beauty will go with him – none except good deeds.

In American author Philip Roth’s identically named latest novel, the protagonist ponders whether he possesses much of any of those things in the first place.

The novel opens at the burial of the unnamed protagonist, where Roth clumsily makes two characters deliver eulogies that outline his life to the re...more
Lars Guthrie
Roth’s everyman rejects religion yet his observation of nothingness, oblivion, death, is filled with a solemn awe as well as dread. His everyman is gone, but remains as memory in those who survive him. His liturgical enumeration of medical procedures as his body deteriorates parallels the procedure of prayer, and offers solace in iteration even as society’s treatment of illness turns shabby and impersonal. His insistence on acknowledging the plain ordinariness of life—“he had done what he did th...more
Scott
The second book that I've read this week (the other being McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City") where the main character doesn't have a designated name. A tell-tale sign that I am reading literature with a capital "L," or at least literature with allegorical significance, as this slim Roth entry truly has, being named after the 15th Century English play I was forced to read in Graduate school.

Maybe this isn't one for the Roth novice. There are some beautifully written passages (eloquent not in...more
Marius van Blerck
A typical "Coming of Ageing" novel. Boy works for dad. Meets girls. Beds them. Lives with them. Betrays them. Paints. Grows old. Dies. Somehow Roth makes this interesting and I enjoyed Everyman, against all expectation. It helps that the audiobook is narrated in a masterley fashion by George Guidall, who is, in my book, one of the very best. Recommended for all, other than manic depressives.

Postscript: When I had completed this book, I thought there was something odd about the protagonist that c...more
Suzy
A good author does not a good novel make. Especially if the protagonist evoked nothing in me except burning contempt. Yes, the writing is deft and lovely. But the deftness and loveliness is wasted on such inferior clay! Why Roth should waste such texture and colour on a philandering, lying, self-pitying sad little man is really quite beyond me. It sickens my heart to look at the title and even briefly entertain the notion that this excuse of a human being might be the 'everyman'. Perhaps this is...more
أميــــرة
تبدأ الرواية بتشييع جثمان بطلها لمثواه الأخير .. وبين كلمة رثاء من هذا وخطبة عصماء من ذاك ، يسترجع "الميت" تفاصيل حياته المنقضية .. طفولته ، علاقته بأخيه الأكبر ، عمله ، زيجاته الثلاث ، أبنائه ، ...

يوجد بالثلث الأخير من الرواية بعض - لن أقول الإباحية ولكن سأقول - الفجاجة اللفظية !

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Everyman
وبرغم أن ترجمتها الحرفية هي "كل رجل" إلا أنها عنت لي أكثر "رجل عادي" ..... رجل عاش حياة عادية ، تزوج زيجات عادية ، أنجب أبناء عاديون ، أصيب بلجة أمراض قلبية عادية ، وفي النهاية مات ميتة...more
Melody
This is a brutal book. It shows a culture to itself -- not just in a mirror, but on a high def screen.

Everyman is brutal in its medical detail, its sexual explicitness, and its minute description of the anatomy and growth of despair. I picked it up because: 1. Philip Roth was listed by literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the 4 major American novelists still at work, 2. It is short, and 3. It was available on audiobook!

I don't disagree with the respect (and many awards) given to Roth for his w...more
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