Everyman (Nemeses #1)
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
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
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
Maybe this isn't one for the Roth novice. There are some beautifully written passages (eloquent not in...more
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.
"The Anatomy Lesson," however, had a much wider scope than "Everyman" initially seems to. About two-thirds the way in, though, "Everyman" beco...more
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
donde la parálisis agita algunas, tristes, últimas canas,
donde la juventud palidece, adelgaza como un espectro, y muere;
donde tan solo pensar es estar lleno de tristeza […]»
John KEATS, "Oda a un Ruiseñor"
Elegía empieza con un entierro, para proseguir reconstruyendo la vida del difunto, primero en boca de los asistentes al entierro, para seguir en primera persona. Acompañamos al difunto a lo largo de su vida, por sus momentos...more
Roth hasn't lost his edge, but in a lot of ways I see him mello...more
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
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
questo non doveva farmelo.
Come Lei certamente non saprà, io, sono un Suo devoto lettore. Anzi, una delle innumerevoli categorie in cui suddivido il mondo è quella tra che legge Roth, P. e chi non lo legge, e ancora di più, tra chi legge Roth, P. e chi Legge Roth, P.. Credo di possedere tutto quello che Lei ha scritto in svariate copie, edizioni e lingue. Se avessi ancora l’età per appendere poster al muro non avrei dubbi nello scegliere tra la Sua faccia, jennifer lopez, eminem...more
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"
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
On the one hand, I'm not sure if summarizing a man's life by actually summarizing a man's life is the best way to... summarize a life. Most of this book was summary: of events, of emotions, of time.
On the other hand, some of the parts describing the old, being obsessed with the past, death, and illness, were frighteningly frank and true and beautiful.
But on the other hand, they were also... perhaps a little too easy? Is there anything s...more