Novels, 1967-1972

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Library of America, 2005 - Fiction - 671 pages
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In this, the second volume of the definitive edition of the collected works of Philip Roth, the range and inventiveness of Roth's fiction is displayed in four diverse works. 'When She Was Good' is the portrait of Lucy Nelson, a young midwestern woman whose perception of her own suffering turns her into a ferocious force. A small-town 1940s America of restrictive social pressures and foreclosed opportunities provides the novel's background. The publication of the hilarious 'Portnoy's Complaint' was a cultural event that turned Roth into a reluctant celebrity. The confession of a bewildered psychoanalytic patient thrust through life by his unappeasable sexuality yet held back by the iron grip of his unforgettable childhood, Portnoy unleashed Roth's comic virtuosity and opened new avenues for American fiction. In 'Our Gang', Roth effects a savage takedown of the administration of Richard Nixon. The Kafkaesque excursion 'The Breast' introduces David Kepesh in the first volume of a trilogy that continues on.

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Review: Novels 1967-1972: When She Was Good / Portnoy's Complaint / Our Gang / The Breast (Library of America: Philip Roth #2)

User Review  - Martin - Goodreads

When She Was Good - finished 11.29.13 Read full review

Review: Novels 1967-1972: When She Was Good / Portnoy's Complaint / Our Gang / The Breast (Library of America: Philip Roth #2)

User Review  - Lawrence A - Goodreads

Five stars for Portnoy. The book is funny to the extreme, and sad as well, when you come to think of it, and it is spot on with respect to the cultural phenomenon of the Jewish mother (and Jewish ... Read full review

Contents

Tricky Comforts a Troubled Citizen
475
Tricky Has Another Crisis or The Skull Session
489
4 Tricky Addresses the Nation The Famous
526
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Philip Roth, acclaimed author of Portnoy's Complaint, The Human Stain and many other works of fiction, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts from the White House.

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