In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn’t have a problem with killing unarmed women and children in self...more
Here are my thoughts:
Even though it was written almost 40 years ago, and about a president that was less than decorous, I think it still has much clout concerning politics and politicians today. (That's both side of the aisle for those wondering.) We've seen how inadequate our elected officials are and, worse, just how incompetent they can be.
I think that was the point of this nov ...more
The book opens with ...more
That is NOT how the book ended up. The book's main satirical target isn't Richard Nixon - rather it is a send-up of how language is used for political ends - and how masters of this utility (like Nixon or "Dixon" in the book) can get so far. The main thing that you se ...more
Lo que Philip Roth hace en estos 6 textos satíricos que fueron publicados parcialmente en The New York of Review en 1971 es revelar la clase de político que es Nixon, antes de que ocurriera el ...more
We all know who it's about, and the storyline is deserved, but is it within the concept of creative writing?
We all know Roth's penchant for satire, and we have all experienced his brilliant capture of our inner thoughts, the laying of them on the dissecting table, and his driving, personal need to exonerate some Freudian guilt th ...more
Roth concocts a scenario of a President, Tricky E. Dixon, who comes out in favor of the ...more
This is not really a novel. It is more like six separate satiric shorts featuring the American President Tricky Dixon (who has ...more
It was written at the time of Richard Nixon's presidency and the main character is "Trick E. Dixon," an obvious caricature. References are also made to numerous real politicians--some using real names, and other famous figures using spoof names like John F. Charisma (a.k.a. John F. Kennedy). The book shows a demented Tricky devolving into greater and greater madness until the last chapter where he actually gives th ...more
Se non rientrasse nel progetto di ritradurre tutta l'opera di Philip Roth, è altamente improbabile che
questo libro sarebbe stato ripescato.
Troppo legato direttamente alla storia americana di quegli anni (è del 1971): è una satira frontale, aggressiva contro il presidente Richard M. Nixon, qui ribattezzato Trick E. Dixon, Tricky... E visto che Trick significa trucco, imbroglio, inganno, raggiro, frode abbiamo già capito prima di iniziare a leggere dove Roth intende colpire.
A very funny character assassination in slow motion, and a qui ...more
Purtroppo i quarant’anni di età si sentono tutti. Innanzitutto i riferimenti sono così assolutamente “americani” e circostanziati da ...more
I read this in the second volume of the Library of American edition.
However, the constant barrage of hate gets a little overwhelming after Nixon goes to hell.
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