The Humbling

Philip Roth, Author, Dick Hill, Performed by
Philip Roth, Author, Dick Hill, Performed by , read by Dick Hill. Brilliance Audio $24.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4418-0099-2
Reviewed on: 12/21/2009
Release date: 11/01/2009

Roth's latest reflection on sex, aging, and death switches from Roth stand-in Nathan Zuckerman to fading actor Simon Axler. Convinced his talents are ebbing away, Simon embarks on an ill-fated romance with a young lesbian by way of what? Consolation? Distraction? Masochism? The usually reliable Dick Hill falters, however, flattening Roth's characters and smothering some of the novel's metaphysical notes. He is particularly artless with Roth's female characters, reducing them to two-dimensional harpies or simps. Hill might have been better off skipping the falsetto tones and concentrating on mastering the subtleties of the story. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 10). (Nov.)

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