Books by Philip Roth and Complete Book Reviews

Philip Roth, Author Vintage Books USA $15 (320p) ISBN 978-0-679-74826-7
In 1974's My Life as A Man Roth examines how a writer revises his reality, compiling two stories ``by'' one Peter Tarnopol and a third in which Tarnopol is the fictional protagonist. Vintage will simultaneously reissue Goodbye, Columbus , Roth's...
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Philip Roth, Author Vintage Books USA $16 (464p) ISBN 978-0-679-77259-0
Roth's erotic black comedy of an aging puppeteer won the National Book Award. (Aug.)
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Philip Roth, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $26 (336p) ISBN 978-0-395-93346-6
Disconcerting echoes of Roth's relationship with Claire Bloom, as revealed in her memoir, Leaving the Doll's House, haunt Roth's angry but oddly inert 23rd novel. As in American Pastoral, Roth again deals with the Newark of his youth, and with the...
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Philip Roth, Author . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $22 (140p) ISBN 978-0-547-23969-9
A deteriorating and increasingly irrelevant actor finds the possibility of renewal in a younger woman in Roth's tight Chekhovian tragedy. At 65, Simon Axler, a formerly celebrated stage actor, is undergoing a crisis: he can no longer act, his...
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Philip Roth, Author . Houghton Mifflin $26 (233p) ISBN 978-0-547-05484-1
To celebrate the publication of Roth's 10,000th book, Houghton is proclaiming September 16 as “Indignation Day.” Indignation Philip Roth . Houghton Mifflin , $26 (256p) ISBN 978-0-547-05484-1 Roth's brilliant and...
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Philip Roth, Author Touchstone Books $8.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-73296-7
Conversations, most of them between an American writer living in London and his English mistress, make up what PW called ``a clever comedy of manners that segues--as is the author's wont--into a disquisition on the distinction between literature and
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Philip Roth, Author . Houghton Mifflin $26 (292p) ISBN 978-0-618-91547-7
Philip Roth’s 28th book is, it seems, the final novel in the Zuckerman series, which began in 1979 with The Ghostwriter . A 71-year-old Nathan Zuckerman returns to New York after more than a decade in rural New England, ostensibly to see a...
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Philip Roth, Author Vintage Books USA $16 (400p) ISBN 978-0-679-75029-1
Roth's brilliant, absurdist novel, set in Jerusalem during the trial of John Demjanjuk, follows the intersecting paths of two characters who share Roth's name and impersonate one another with dizzying speed. (Mar.)
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Philip Roth, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $24.95 (451p) ISBN 978-0-395-73982-2
Those who feel that Roth's last few novels, brilliant as they often were, have been excessively cerebral and self-referential, can relax at the prospect of his latest. For this is Roth in full sardonic, outrageous cry--a sort of Portnoy for a later...
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Philip Roth, Author . Houghton Mifflin $26 (391p) ISBN 978-0-618-50928-7
During his long career, Roth has shown himself a master at creating fictional doppelgängers. In this stunning novel, he creates a mesmerizing alternate world as well, in which Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR in the 1940 presidential election,...
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Philip Roth, Author . Houghton Mifflin $24 (182p) ISBN 978-0-618-73516-7
[Signature] Reviewed by Sara Nelson What is it about Philip Roth? He has published 27 books, almost all of which deal with the same topics—Jewishness, Americanness, sex, aging, family—and yet each is simultaneously familiar and new....
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Philip Roth, Author Vintage Books USA $16.95 (640p) ISBN 978-0-679-76417-5
The protagonist of Roth's first full-length novel vicariously explores the angst of love and marriage. (Sept.)
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Philip Roth, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $23 (156p) ISBN 978-0-618-13587-5
Eros and mortality are the central themes of Roth's frank, unsparing and curious new novella. It's curious not only because of its short form (new for Roth), but because he seems to have assumed the mantle of Saul Bellow, writing pages of essay-like
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Philip Roth, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-0-547-31835-6
Roth continues his string of small, anti–Horatio Alger novels (The Humbling; etc.) with this underwhelming account of Bucky Cantor, the young playground director of the Chancellor Avenue playground in 1944 Newark. When a polio outbreak ravages the...
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Philip Roth, Author Vintage Books USA $15 (304p) ISBN 978-0-679-75645-3
The 25th-anniversary edition of Roth's classic novel features a new afterword by the author. (Oct.)
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Philip Roth, Author Houghton Mifflin Co $26 (423p) ISBN 978-0-395-86021-2
The protagonist of Roth's new novel, a magnificent meditation on a pivotal decade in our nation's history, is in every way different from the profane and sclerotic antihero of Sabbath's Theater (for which Roth won the National Book Award in 1995)....
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Philip Roth, Author . Houghton Mifflin $23 (160p) ISBN 978-0-618-15314-5
Roth continues to be feverishly productive after American Pastoral vaulted him back onto the novelists' A-list in the late '90s, and last year's The Human Stain kept hiim there. This book is a grab bag of conversations and exchanges of
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Philip Roth, Author Simon & Schuster $18.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-70374-5
Written entirely in unascribed dialogue (which provides the challenge of identifying the speakers), this newest novel by the NBCC Award-winning author is a clever comedy of manners that segues--as is the author's wont--into a disquisition on the...
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Philip Roth, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $17.95 (208p) ISBN 978-0-374-15212-3
By offering his memoirs plus a critique of same penned by his alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, Roth here undermines the autobiographical genre as he derailed fictional conventions in The Counterlife. Roth lays bare his private lifeor obscures the really...
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Philip Roth, Author Houghton Mifflin Co $26 (368p) ISBN 978-0-618-05945-4
Roth almost never fails to surprise. After a clunky beginning, in which crusty Nathan Zuckerman is carrying on about the orgy of sanctimoniousness surrounding Clinton's Monica misadventures, his new novel settles into what would seem to be patented...
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Philip Roth, Author Simon & Schuster $23 (400p) ISBN 978-0-671-70376-9
In yet another audacious spin on the doppelganger theme, Roth's dazzling, maddening and brilliant new novel offers two characters that bear his name: one a famous author called Philip Roth, the other an impostor who brazenly impersonates the ``real''
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Philip Roth, Author Simon & Schuster $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-70375-2
Alter ego Nathan Zuckerman doesn't appear in these pages, and neither is there any sleight of hand blurring the line between literature and life. Instead, here is Roth (NBCC Award-winning The Counterlife ) at his most humane as he pens a kaddish to...
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Philip Roth, Author, Dick Hill, Performed by , read by Dick Hill. Brilliance Audio $24.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4418-0099-2
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?...
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Philip Roth, read by Mel Foster, Brilliance Audio, unabridged, six CDs, 6.5 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-1-4418-0569-0
Mel Foster turns in a flat and somewhat uninspired performance in this reading of Roth's autobiography, The Facts. Focusing on five episodes in his life, from his childhood in the 1930s to the publication of Portnoy's Complaint in the 1960s, Roth...
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Philip Roth, read by Dennis Boutsikaris. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, five CDs, 5 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-1-4418-9311-6
Roth's compact latest novel rounds out his quartet—Everyman, Indignation, and The Humbling—addressing mortality. WWII-era Newark is in the grip of a rampant polio scare. Bucky Cantor, the fearless, 4F playground director valiantly holds the fort...
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Philip Roth, Author, Dick Hill, Read by , read by Dick Hill. Brilliance Audio $26.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4233-6972-1
Roth’s 29th book tells the tale of young Marcus Messner, a boy forced to attend a pastoral, conservative college because of his father’s apprehensions about life in 1951 New Jersey. Narrator Dick Hill delivers a sturdy performance that...
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Philip Roth, Author, Ron Silver, Read by , read by Ron Silver. Houghton Mifflin Audio $45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-618-50929-4
Veteran actor Silver turns in a pitch-perfect rendering of Roth's novel about an America in which the staunch isolationist and purported anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. Lindbergh's...
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Philip Roth, Author, Theodore Bikel, Performed by, Harlan Ellison, Performed by Audio Literature $30 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7871-1835-8
Following the recent release of Roth's vitriolic novel, I Married a Communist (also produced unabridged from Dove, with Ron Silver reading), it's refreshing to hear his most playful early material revisited. The title novel and accompanying stories...
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