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Characteristically, Nathan also discovers that his own story was bound up with the blacklistings and ruined careers of the immediate postwar period. It seems that he had been tainted by his association with the Ringolds--Murray was in fact his high-school teacher--and was denied the Fulbright scholarship he deserved. "They had you down for Ira's nephew," Murray tells Nathan. "The FBI didn't always get everything right." Roth's acerbic style and keen eye for emotional detail goes to the heart of this moment of high tragedy in which the American dream was damaged beyond repair. --Lisa Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There's a song from the Beautiful South called "Song for Whoever" where the singer discusses how the women he dates wind up giving him material for his hit songs... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael Battaglia
One of his very best, blending a true and unusual appreciation of the history of the period with a frighteningly deep and sad portrait of a marriage that disintegrated as much... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Michael Stein
Story line was very difficult to follow from the start, but I love Roth's work so I persist! The lower rating is because of the errors in the Kindle version of the book.Published 1 month ago by Denise L.
An excellent audiobook, and the only Philip Roth audiobook I have listened too. He accurately captures an era while telling the tragic story of his protagonist, Ira Ringold. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aaron VanAlstine
I read Portnoy's Complaint and it was uncomfortable, edgy, racy, confusing, frustrating and had me flipping the pages even after making me want to put it away. Read morePublished 15 months ago by UL
In this provocative novel, the author addresses the hysteria which swept through post-WWII America, whereby anyone remotely associated with Communism or communists stood a good... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Grattan
An amazing text.
An engrossing and educational read. I loved the character of Eve Frame allegedly based on Roth's wife Claire Bloom.
Roth never fails to keep the readers interest in the story and the characters. Never predictable, always interesting, sometimes a bit too talky. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pedro
The story of Ira Ringold; "Iron Rim" of the hit radio show, married to the actress Eve Frame. From a tough upbringing in Newark and a spell in the navy docks in Iran during WW2,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by An admirer of Saul