This novel is told entirely in dialogue, of two people in bed, some "real" and some "imagined," although it is all fiction. It is clear the author has put himself in the novel enough to make us ask, "Is this how he is?" but I don't know enough about him to care that much. And it gets a little confus ...more
Fragmentos de diálogos, entre os dois amantes, com o despudor e a sinceridade, que é privilégio dos que nada esperam receber e nada têm para dar, além de a si próprios...
“Continuas de algum modo, em algum recanto do teu coração, a alimentar a ilusão de que o casamento é um caso de amor?
Se sim, isso pode ser a causa de muitos problemas.”
“-Vida estranha a vossa.
-Sim, é estranha. É um disparate. Mas que queres a minha vida é assim.
-És muito infeliz?
-Isso tem períodos, acho eu. Uma pessoa tem períodos de desânimo. E depois vêm longos períodos de certa calma e am ...more
How much is fact and how much is fiction? And all that.
What I liked:
The dialogues between the two central lovers.
The beginning and the ending conversations of the book are strong and have most of the best thought-provoking material.
The occasional passages that kept me rapt in the middle portions.
What I didn't like:
The dialogues with the other two girl characters, the Czech an ...more
And then lies. A writer is who builds worlds he can live in, without truly upset the quiet of his real life. A good wife who stays at home and waits for you while you're working. A charming, smart and attractive lover to make you feel alive.
Pertanto, peccando proprio di passionalità, posso affermare che Inganno di Philip Roth è un autentica meraviglia.
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“Too much. Why do you?”
Raw and filled with confusing conversations, Philip Roth’s novel is a work of pure dialogue between two adulterous lovers. One of them is a Jewish-American writer named Philip while the other is an unnamed English woman in a marriage which is falling apart. The novel is all about the conversations between the two, mainly the woman talking about her husband’s adulterous relationship, while the man listens.
The dialogue oscillates from logica ...more
Deception starts out as a lover's discourse, a dialogue without description or even much stage direction. But, what we think will be about deceiving one's husband and/or wife turns out to be about deceiving one's readership through fiction itself. Which is also to deceive one's wife by writing about one's imaginary lover, and then to write about one's wife's objections to one writing about one's i ...more
"Postcoital intimacy. That's the subject."
"Is it? I hadn't thought of it precisely that way." (p. 182)
"Maybe they thought somebody who writes a book like this must be a sex maniac. They take any small bit about anybody." (p. 54)
A forgotten classic. It makes sense that, since Philip Roth won every major literary award IN ONE DECADE, people can forget about the gems he was turning out in his sleep the decade before. Deception is ...more
This may hav ...more
Every journalist who is not too stupid or full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.When I read this first line of Janet Malcolm's article in the New Yorker (and subsequent The Journalist and the Murderer) about the Jeffery MacDonald murders, I was blown away at the ease she just laid the issue on the table from the start. In this case, a writer hired to write a story about the "innocence" of MacDonald, soon felt convinced of his guilt - and hence ...more
For those who don't like to read lengthy prose descriptions of, well, anything this book will be both your manna and a godsend as there is essentially no narration at all, no way to tell who is talking othe ...more
The book wraps up with yet more conversation only, for the first time, with the writer's wife. She ...more
Philip Roth deixa-nos imiscuir e prende-nos até à última página numa dança que teimamos em não querer parar.
Abandonar seria o nosso maior erro: imaginar o real, ou o inverso, é, por vezes, a nossa maior realidade feliz.
This was the second book by Roth that I read - the first was The Human Stain. Goodness, it was a very different book. So, Point One: Roth is a versatile author (the books were written about 10 years apart).
Layers of deception:
1) Deception is written more or less as a dialogue - though it's never quite clear who is speaking. So we as readers are being deceived (as we always are by authors, unreliable narrators, et cetera).
2) This narrator deceives his wife - twice. On
It takes some time to get into the book, but then you become interested in the characters' lives and their thoughts about nowadays and - of course - love and relationship.
I enjoyed that this fictional work really showed the power of simple speech between people. It took me less than a day to read it, now that I don't go to school. :)
Maybe I should read it one more time to really get into the story. Overall ...more
It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of who is saying ...more
The book purports to be a series of conversations between an author, named Philip; an English woman who may or may not have been his mistress, a Czechoslovakian woman who may or may not have been a prostitute, and Philip's wife. The wife discovers the book and is convinced it describes actual affairs Philip has had ...more
it's all dialogue. all 208 pages.
this device worked well for me for most of the book because i'm continually attempting to sharpen the dialogue in my own pieces, especially when it comes to dialogue about sex and sexuality and ...more