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Letting Go by Philip Roth
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Jan 08, 2008

it was amazing
Read in November, 2007

it seems like i've been reading this forever. it's becuase it's really long i guess. and i left it at john's house so i've started other books in it's place.

this is roth's first novel. my favorite of his is the professor of desire and this is just as good. similar themes in which a man in academia in the 50's is struggling with love interests and the expectations of being a jewish man. i'm finding the supporting characters more intresting that than the main as the lives and interests of poeple change throughout the novel.

now i've finally finished it and with great enthusiasm. i will always pick up and re-read this book because despite it being overlly ambitious and filled with flaws here and there, it's still a great story and a chance to examine roth at his earliest stages of writing. roth's ability to jump into different characters perceptions is just truly fascinating. and his ability to capture a spirit in a time and place alien from ours is admireable. i don't want to give anything away so just read a lot of roth and save letting go until you think your'e ready.

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message 2: by Karla (new)

Karla BoooOOooooooRING!

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Rob yeah, i agree.

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