La Humillación (Nemeses #3)
After his release, Axler had retreated to his farmhouse in upstate New York and it was there that Pegeen had visited him. Her parents were old friends and he had known her since she was a baby, suckling at her mother's breast. Now she was 40, a lesbian teaching at a progressive women's college in Vermont. "Have you ever slept with a man?" he asked.
"Not for more than 20 years," Pegeen replied. "But...more
O facto de aligeirar o assunto não desvaloriza em nada a obra. Gosto muito de Philip Roth, aprecio o modo como aprofunda situações que são comuns a qualquer pessoa a partir de certa i...more
This may be a spoiler--don't know--it was only 140 pages, on 5x7, 13 font, with super wide margins, probably the same word count as my college thesis, so any...more
I'm still a relative novice when it comes to Philip Roth but even I can tell that this is basically a slight, minor effort from a master. It feels like it was tossed off quickly, which, given Roth's prolificacy in recent years, it probably was. But when you're as good as...more
Roth's worst book. Eminently bad, but I actually enjoyed a pleasant evening reading it.
As with all Roth's protagonists, there ar...more
I love Philip Roth! He may be my favorite author...more
Roth's aging characters share one outstanding characteristic: they can't bear the thou...more
I am not happy with "The Humbling"
I am afraid that Philip Roth
Went too far in this book's plot
(I'm so disturbed - that at this time
I've lost the urge for perfect rhyme )
Where health declined Hollywood's star ex
Acts as sex hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex,
Who's end of life obscurity
Is fought with .... well, promiscuity
(Please don't beat me with a wrench
For my Russian broken French )
Where "Cherchez la femme" for the carnal "Pa-De-Trua"
Gets arranged impromptu easy at any nea...more
Yet, I have to say this—and I hope I don’t have to say it often: I was not overly impressed with Roth here. The Humbling is a novella, and in being a novella, I read it fairly quickly in about two sessions of voracious reading; these two segments...more
I have an irrational love of Philip Roth's work.
He writes simply and directly. His flourishes are carefully constructed, re-enforcing the themes of his novels: the internal life of the mind as an agent of story-telling; blurring the boundaries between the real and imagined world; the creation of identity (through story-telling and imagination) and our responsibility and dependance upon the people around us.
I would put Roth up...more
Actually, truth be told, I liked this novel in a lot of ways. I liked it's compactness...more
"Then, starting around year five, she slowly drifted away into the computer, and I was left with no one to talk to but the cats."
Granted, folks do this all the time. It's turned into a real problem. People trade in their real lives in favor of...more
Roth strikes at a deep fear - the fear of losing your sense of self when you grow old, when your hands and body can no longer do what you have made yourself into over the length of your years. What would you do then? Axler finds solace in the embrace o...more
Regular readers know that I am currently in the process of reading all 13 of the "Zuckerman" books Philip Roth has written over the decades (in fact, book two of the series, Zuckerman Unbound, will be reviewed here in just a few weeks), mostly as a way of learning more about the Postmodernist period of th...more
- There are people and places for different times and spaces.
- "Do one moment. We're only dealing with the single moment. Play the moment, play for whatever plays for you in that moment, and then go on to the next moment." (P. 34)
- is Pegeen working in LA? "The twenty-five years register with me as twenty-five years more experience than someone would have if I were trying this with a m...more
Roth's books are getting shorter and darker. Now that Roth has reached the age where the end of his life is looming, he seems only able to focus his stories on death. Where his last book Indignation told the story of a young man and a life's potential taken away, The Humbling is about a life nearing completion, and how even at the end there is still no immunity from humiliation and failure.
Roth seems to be abiding by the "never buy green bananas" theory of old age. His last two novels have been...more
In so many ways – as I’m sure I’m not the first to have noticed – Roth has recently set out to rewrite choice parts of his masterwork, Sabbath’s Theater. This began with Everyman, when Roth rewrote Mickey Sabb...more
All the Rothian themes are here: middle-aged pathos, failure, betrayal, the redeeming/ damning power of sex, the intersection of art and life
What sets 'The Humbling' apart is the question it asks about its protagonist: "He's a tragic figure, to be sure, but what's his tragic flaw?" If you read the book with that question in mind, a bleak picture emerges. Hope is the tragic flaw. Not greed, not hubris, but the fundamental idea that a better day is n...more
I read the book with a constant nagging sensation that surely, there was a deeper meaning to all of it. The way Roth wrote the book certainly pushed me towards that direction. He explores a problem that...more
I'm told Roth is a g...more