My Life as a Man (Complete Nathan Zuckerman #1)
At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants to be his muse but who instead is his nemesis. Their union is based on f ...more
Рот не случайно е определян за съвременен класик, колкото и п ...more
2. His easy, conversational prose is seductive and more difficult to duplicate than it appears.
3. I really, really hate all the characters in this novel and at times I wanted to close the book and never pick it up again.
These 3 points are why this book leaves me feeling so mixed. On the one hand, the writing is a punch to the gut. This is probably the most autobiographical of Roth's novels and the way ...more
The author uses various characters that speak in the first person; it appears that they are thinly disguised versions of himself. Actually, they are mostly fiction but sometimes "inspired" by events in his own life. Sometimes, he tells similar stories from the POV of different characters, which include variations on a theme. ...more
The narrative scheme is brilliant: the first two chapters are two short stories written by the author who is the protagonist of the following chapters.
The writing style, as usual, is amazingly polished.
Romanzo per rothiani incalliti, “La mia vita di uomo” è conseguentemente sconsigliabile per un primo approccio all’autore.
Si tratta infatti di un’opera in cui la linearità del racconto è ripetutamente deviata, contraddetta, frammentata da digressioni, salti temporali e riflessioni, tanto che a volte sembra che Roth si stia quasi esercitando a sviluppare la narrazione in diversi modi, sperimentando varianti, personaggi e situazioni, facendo addirittura precedere il ...more
El narrador-protagonista (sea Nathan Z ...more
Maybe it's because I didn't graduate from college and was therefore able to avoid any sort of Gender Studies class, but I never really had a problem with his portrayal of women. He typically has two ...more
I love how corrupted and aggressive Roth's characters are. It feels so honest of him, knowing that he is probably a disturbed and narcissistic person in a real life, to read about highly intell ...more
In part, as he realizes, his difficulties stem from his "literary" frame of mind, ...more
I'm an enthusiastic Roth reader: I devoured "The Human Stain", "Nemesis" and "Indignation" in particular. But this one didn't cut it for me at all...
Another reviewer here ("Rachel") said that she felt the book was "tied to its time"; and I agree with that very much. One tends to forget Roth's age and how long he's been writing ("My Life as a Man" was published in 1974 – and it was already his seventh novel!). There were moments that reminded me of a Woody Allen picaresqu...more
Philip Roth does not b ...more
to be clear, this novel is as semantically superb as any other penned by roth but it's just tediously overanalytic. the dialogue is good but there's so little of it! what we get instead is three hundred pages of excruciatingly detailed self-evaluation, practice ...more
Read this in one sitting two days ago (April 1989). Why do I go
on reading this guy's books? World's biggest whiner. Okay,
we've all got it in for women to a certain degree (they "force"
us to give up the lives of adventure and romance we have planned
for ourselves, to devote ourselves instead to working at ordinary
jobs to earn ordinary livings for them and their children. Also,
they don't let us have sex with other women and they don't have
sex with us often enough ...more
(Btw I don't understand why people care abt spoilers. Who cares what the ending is. If the writing is good, the plot shouldn't matter. I only warn about spoilers for those that care about spoilers, though I am not of that population).
ok: I liked this book a lot at first. How the first part of the book (about the writer Zuckerman) mirrors/is translated in the fake autobiography of the writer Tarnopol.
One of my favorite moments is the conversation the writer Tarnopol has with his ...more
i'm not sure i have much more to say. very much a book in the wear it on your shirtsleeve vein, and i guess that's what he does: c ...more
Oddly, I was maybe halfway through this in the 3rd volume of the Library of America edition, which I'd already checked out for The Great American Novel, before I realized that I own the hardcover edition pictured. But those LoA books feel so great in the hand, I just kept reading it there-- ...more