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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User Review  - mensheviklibrarian - LibraryThing

I've only read The Great American Novel and I loved it. Using the mythical Patriot League, Roth maps an hilarious alternate history of the United States, where the communists try to undermine us by penetrating our soft underbelly: Baseball! Entertaining from start to finish. Read full review

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User Review  - jhale - LibraryThing

I feel compelled to explain my 2 star rating of this book so as not to do an injustice to When She Was Good. It is quite difficult to rate these collections from Library of America. Almost all of them ... Read full review


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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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