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Everyman

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,228 Ratings  ·  1,119 Reviews
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
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Hardcover, 182 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2006)
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Amira Mahmoud


هذه الرواية هي أول عمل اقرؤه لفيليب روث، ومن الأعمال القليلة التي قرأتها في الأدب الأمريكي
هي رقم 74 في سلسلة الجوائز التي تصدرها الهيئة المصرية

لا أعلم هل يجب أن أصف تلك الرواية بأنها رواية مؤلمة، أم أنها رواية مرعبة
أم أن الرعب منها سببه كل ذلك الألم وكل تلك المعاناة التي تصف بها حياة العجائز
قرأت منذ فترة رواية هكذا كانت الوحدة
عن حياة امرأة أربعينية، وتلك الفترة التي تصل عندها النساء إلى مفترق طرق
تبدأ في النظر إلى خلفها، إلى الماضي
وإلى تلك الوحدة التي تلتهم أيامها بصمت
حين تقرأ رواية فيليب روث،
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Jason Koivu
Dec 30, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An old man wants to have sex with a younger woman...

Groundbreaking stuff. (sarcasm font where are you?!)

And yet this won awards, so there must be more to it. Right?

The idea is based on man at the end of a life looking back on it all and trying to figure out if it was a good life. By the standards of many, the main man in Everyman probably can't be considered to have led a good life, at least not a completely angelic one. He's thrice divorced, at least once because of his own infidelity. He left
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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
Paul Bryant
Oct 10, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels

MY STRUGGLE WITH THE WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING NOVELIST

When I checked how many Roth books I’ve read I was shocked. Portnoy’s Complaint – okay, it was allegedly quite naughty, so yeah, I read that. Operation Shylock – okay, that one is brilliant, and may be the source of the problem. It persuaded me that this guy was actually great. Intoxicated with hilarious Jewish self-parody, I swandived into the rest of it. But then came a blow to the head and a solid one to the body – American Pastoral, what
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 30, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Bennard
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
Ben
Sep 17, 2009 Ben rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt Kosinski
Sep 20, 2007 Matt Kosinski rated it really liked it
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
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Ilenia Zodiaco
Sep 28, 2015 Ilenia Zodiaco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, alieni
"-Sai cosa mi farebbe bene? - disse lei. - Il suono della voce che è scomparsa".

Sai cosa mi lascia attonita di Philip Roth? La sua assoluta semplicità. Sembra sempre di leggere la stessa storia, quando leggi un romanzo di Roth. Ma non è mai la stessa, anche se in fondo è sempre la stessa storia di solitudine, rimpianto, orgasmi poderosi ecc...
Rebecca Foster
It has now been about three years since Philip Roth, then 79, famously announced his retirement from fiction writing. In a look back over Roth’s career—spanning half a century and 30 books—Everyman (2006) might fade into the background, especially given the book’s novella length. But to overlook it would be a mistake: This is a near-perfect fable about the life we build through decades of small choices and the death that is always lying in wait, whether we feel ready or not.

My full review is now
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Ahmed
May 21, 2015 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

لا يمكن إعادة صنع الواقع , فقط لتقبل ما يأتي إليك . و تمسك بما أنت فيه و خذه كما يأتي لك .

مهما تكررت الحكايات والروايات عن الحياة الإنسانية , ومهما كثرت التفاصيل عن ذلك الموضوع , إلا إنه لا ينضب أبدًا , فلطالما كانت الحياة والنفس الإنسانية منهل ثري لمن يبرع في الحديث عنه , ومهما قرأت فإنك ستشعر أمام تلك النوعية من الحكايات بأنك تقرأ عن ذلك الموضوع لأول مرّة , وستشعر بنفس النشوة و نفس الإحساس الأول .

الرواية تتناول حياة يهودي , من لحظة وفاته بفلاش باك ظريف , تطرق إلى كل تفاصيل تلك الحياة والمراحل
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Seham Al-Mutairi .
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
Kamran
Mar 06, 2015 Kamran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تنها زندگی کردن انتخاب خودش بود، ولی نه تا این اندازه تنها. بدترین جنبه ی تنهایی این است که مجبوری تحملش کنی.یا تحمل می کنی، یا غرق می شوی.باید سخت تلاش کنی تا ذهن گرسنه ات را از نگاه به گذشته بازداری

داستان نثری ساده و در عین حال بسیار گیرا دارد.نویسنده با مهارت تمام هجوم پیری و ترس از نابودی و مرگ آدمی را به نمایش گذاشته است.حسرت از دست رفتن لحظه به لحظه ی عمر و تباهی در انزوا. قهرمان داستان هیچ ویژگی منحصر به فردی ندارد،جز آن که "یکی سست مثل همه" و مانند همه نیز سرانجامی جز مرگ ندارد.روایت در
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John
Mar 19, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Steve
Feb 03, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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
Phạm Ngọc Hà
Một ai đó từng nói tuổi già là phần buồn nhất của đời người.
Một người khác nói với mình không phải buồn, mà là đáng sợ hãi.
Phillip Roth thì gọi đó là, không phải một trận chiến, mà một cuộc thảm sát.
Cuốn sách ám ảnh và buồn nhiều quá.
Elyse
Sep 09, 2015 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad... and very moving!
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
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Niloo Beygi
Oct 28, 2015 Niloo Beygi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
متاسفانه اولین کتابی بود که از فیلیپ راث خوندم. متاسفانه به این دلیل که نویسنده ای این چنین قوی انقدر برای ما ناشناسه.

پیری قتل عام است

روایت سوم شخص دانای کلی که از مرگ شخصیت اصلی شروع شده و همراه با یادآوری های خاطرات و نقاط عطف زندگی اش ادامه پیدا می کنه و به صورت دوار باز به مرگش منتهی می شه. فضای کتاب از همون ابتدا سردی و یاس رو با خودش منتقل می کنه. شرح خاکسپاری شخصیت بی نامی که در هیچ کجای روایت اشاره ای به نامش نمی شه. ما با این مرد توی مرور خاطرات کودکی تا پیری اش همراه می شیم. خاطرات کو
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Fewlas
Jan 31, 2016 Fewlas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, ebraismo
"From the womb to the tomb" con l’Everyman di Roth, una sorta di umano protagonista dei morality plays medievali che combatte la Morte, ma che perde subito l’innocenza perché si accorge sin dall’inizio di quanto essa in realtà permei e doni significato ad ogni istante della vita stessa.
Un po’ meno colmo di tutte le frenesie sessuali che avevano scombussolato il Kepesh de L’animale morente e l’Axler de L’umiliazione, Everyman è più credibile ma pesantino, visto che Roth si affida da subito al to
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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
Ginny_1807
Oct 24, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: riletti
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
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Jeremy
Feb 27, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
This is as powerful as any Philip Roth book I've read. He usual thematic concerns get swallowed up here by a relentless focus on late life; on the decline of a single anonymous man. Everyman is told in a sort of perpetual flashback, and Roth shows off his ability to jump backwards and forwards in time with a dexterousness he's developed so well that you almost can't even tell he's doing it at all.

Everyman is a book about the physicality of old age; of illnesses, operations, really the breakdown
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Everyman, Philip Roth
عنوان: یکی مثل همه؛ نویسنده: فلیپ راث؛ پیمان خاکسار؛ تهران؛ چشمه، 1389، در 138 ص، شابک: 9789643626778؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
مراسم خاکسپاری چه آشناست، کودکی را باز زنده کرد، پشت سر بزرگان قوم راه میافتادیم به سوی خاک، هرچه حاشا کنیم، کس در این دیار نیست که این داستان برایش آشنا نباشد
Evan
Jun 07, 2010 Evan rated it really liked it
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
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Angela
Feb 07, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was existential bourbon on the rocks. Philip Roth traces the life of a single, anonymous ‘everyman,’ starting at his funeral and then, as if rewinding a videotape, bringing him back to life to reveal the man’s lifelong health problems and big-brother envy, lustful escapades with a hot Danish model at the peak of his advertising career, and the heartbreaking loss of his one good marriage. In the end, we see a humble, resigned, observant, willing, stubborn, sad, mentally capable man stil ...more
Arzu
Nov 09, 2015 Arzu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
"yaşlılık bir savaş değildir; yaşlılık bir katliamdır."
Marcello S
Sep 22, 2015 Marcello S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mettiamola così: ci sono libri di cui ti innamori (forse) al di là delle loro oggettive qualità.
Per me Everyman è uno di questi.
(credo sia la terza volta che lo rileggo)

Io lo trovo un gioiellino. Breve e triste il giusto. Mai lacrimoso.
Tra i libri di Roth post-2005 lo preferisco sia a “Indignazione” che a “Nemesi”.

Che poi dentro ci trovi dei pezzi che mi fanno morire, tipo questo:

“Non c’era nulla in quei giorni d’agosto, dopo che i sommergibili tedeschi erano stati distrutti e non c’erano piú ma
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Jim
Jun 18, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
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
Joeji
Jun 22, 2007 Joeji rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyman and Everywoman
Shelves: fiction
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Evan
Sep 17, 2007 Evan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Philip Milton Roth is 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 inc ...more
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