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The Human Stain by Philip Roth
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Feb 20, 09

Read in January, 2009

When I started this book, I didn't really know anything about Philip Roth or his alter ego Nathan Zuckerman. This is possibly the most peculiar book I've ever read. I'd never read a book in first person where the main character wasn't the narrator.
I usually give a book forty pages or so before giving up on it, and it took me those entire forty pages to get into it, but it was worth it. It wasn't an easy read and it took me over a month, but I'm glad I got through it. It wasn't an uplifting book by any means. The portrait Roth paints of Faunia is heartbreaking but she is admirable, and I love the segment with the crow in the little museum.
Coleman is a complex character, and I think Roth does a good job presenting both sides of his decision without really passing his own judgment.
I recommend this book after something light and fluffy proceeded directly by something else light and fluffy.

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