Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories
How often do I think of the passing of time in this way, as Roth describes it in this poignant, wistful and utterly beautiful book. "Goodbye, Columbus" alrea...more
A coming-of-age story about a summer romance, it plumbs tensions from class, generational, religious, and educational differences, and it does so in a way that is instinctive and visceral. While not the most self-aware, sensitive, or rational, the story’s characters—Neil Klugman, a twenty-three year-old man fro...more
I took my tattered paperback copy of Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth on a recent bus trip because I knew it was small enough to fit in my back pocket as I walked around Washington, DC. I was late and I wanted something to read, and Goodbye was close at hand.
This is why I keep a needlessly large library on hand; these emergencies arise from time to time, and if I only kept the most literate books or my favorite bo...more
Many of the other stories in this collection are similar in this way. The people in the stories themselves aren't significant or even sometimes, likable, but they a...more
Both the way this novella ended and its short duration were as devastating as a break-up. As for the five short stories that follow, wh...more
When reading a novella, especially an acclaimed novella, most people, and every soul in planet earth is at least mildly skeptic, might doubt the book's recognition. 100 pages or so isn't usually "enough" for people to consider a work of adult fiction serious.
Mi son tolto la curiosità di leggere il primo libro scritto da Philip Roth e devo dire che, nonostante i commenti a fondo libro molto positivi, dai quali pare che nell’autore del romanzetto (140 pagine) già si prefiguri colui che diventerà uno dei più grandi scrittori del novecento, in realtà bisogna compiere un bello sforzo di immaginazione per collegare questo Philip Roth ventiseienne all’autore di Pastorale americana, di Patrimonio, di Everyman e tanti altri (non includo P...more
Goodbye, Columbus conta-nos...more
Professor Bruce Thompson
7 June 2011
Philip Roth’s debut novel, Goodbye, Columbus, is in part a window into secular Jewish life in the fifties era. Twenty-three year-old Neil juggles life and love while tolerating Jewish woes from the immortal (clinging, over-bearing mother figure) to the unique time period, which pits reactionary developments against the first hesitant stirrings of the sexual revolution to come.
Goodbye, Columbus follows Neil’s first love affair, a b...more
Goodbye, Columbus, the title story, is deceptively simple. A boy from side of town meets a girl from another - we all know this story, and we all know how i...more
I couldn't decide whether this book was supposed to be funny. Nobody dies in it, which is an indication that it is, though none of the stories turn out well for the characters, but that's an indication of nothing. Happy endings seem to only exist in autobiographies and genre fiction.
Goodbye To Columbus
Very much worth reading if only for the dialogue and the realistically-behaving characters. I loved how uncompromising every character was, and how the characters' interactions changed depending on
anyway I didn't mean to read this—I have very many books of my own I have yet to read—but I was inspecting one of my parents' bookcases to settle something regarding john cheever and after that I was pulling some books in and out of shelves as I am wont to do and this was one...more
"Eli, The Fanatic" was the last short story in the collection, which...more
“The band was upending its last truckload of nostalgia” (75).
“…I brought up a cheery look from some fraudulent auricle of my heart” (78).
“He’d lost most of his consonants by this time and was doing the best he could with long, wet vowels” (79).
“It was a gusty, clouded November afternoon and it did not seem as though there ever was or could be a thing called baseball” (104)....more
Roth è uno dei più grandi scrittori che abbia mai avuto la fortuna di leggere e questo libro ne è la dimostrazione chiara e palese.
"Goodbye, Columbus" è la storia di Neil, che vive in un quartiere povero di Newmark e di Brenda che vive nel sobborgo lussuoso di Short Hills. Le loro vite, così diverse, per estrazione sociale e modo di essere si incontreranno e s...more