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Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories / Letting Go by Philip Roth
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Mar 22, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: anyone, esp. people interested in Jewish or religious ethnicity
Read in March, 2008

Wow! This redeemed Philip Roth for me. I can hardly believe this is the same person who wrote American Pastoral. I gave this a 4-star rating b/c I have mixed reactions. The first 3 stories I would give 5-stars, but the last three weren't as good. A lot of his close-up depictions of the Newark Jewish culture reminds me of my own Kidron Mennonite upbringing (in a starkly different but oddly familiar way). Thanks Sarah for the recommendation.
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John Otto It reminded me of my Mennonite upbringing as well. Too bad we don't have any writers with Roth's gifts. I gave it 5 stars.


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