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From Bondage (Mercy of a Rude Stream #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Henry Roth went to sleep for the last time on the evening of October 13, 1995, but not before completing this transcendent novel, which continues "one of the most poignant projects in American literature." As Tolstoy presaged his own passing in The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Roth examines his own imminent death in the most lyrical of ways, telling the story of the elderly write ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published July 15th 1997 by Picador (first published 1996)
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Cyn
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
H. Roth was a fascinating man whose writing career was cut short by his inability to address his guilt at incest with his sister and younger niece. For an autobiographical fiction writer whose life is his work, this was nearly the end of his career. However, near his death, Roth churned out volumes of thinly-veiled fictional biography that addresses his "bondage."

From Bondage drags a bit at times, but is written in a meta fictional style with the elder writer (Ira Stigman IS Henry Roth) comment
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Eoin
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictions
This book is alchemy. The subject and object of it is the difficult beauty of base and terrible things. It lives up to the work's title. Worth it for the conversations with M alone. Worth it as an answer to the question: What would James Joyce write if he grew up Jewish in New York and took on Marcel Proust's task? Worth it. Note: this book is third in the series and ought to be read in context.
Richard
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Incest angle is less in this volume, but still present. Still is jarring and some how out of place with the rest of the novel. Despite that I like these books
Gelo
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
It's a good book. Would probably haven appreciated it more if I read it in context. This is the third out of four volumes.
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