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The Humbling by Philip Roth
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Dec 06, 09

“The Humbling” is yet another of Roth’s seemingly perennial short novellas. Yet, Roth did it again; he packed more into 140 pages than most authors can manage to fill in 410 pages. This new novel centers on Simon Axler, a veteran stage actor who loses his ability to act – even as himself, or, more accurately, who he believes himself to be.

As a novel “The Humbling” is somewhat problematic with stilted, stagey dialogue and sex scenes that aren’t gratuitous so much as just plain uncomfortable to read. As a character study, though, this is a fascinating piece about a man caught in a web of doubt and fear, a larger than life character torn between suicide and self-fulfillment.

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Elyse This is the only Philip Roth book I haven't read yet..

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