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Newly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother's recent death, freed from old attachments and hungrily seeking others, Gabe Wallach is drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate student in literature, and to Libby, Paul's moody, intense wife. Gabe's desire to be connected to the ordered "world of feeling" that he finds in books is first tested vicariously by the anarchy of the Herzes' struggles with responsible adulthood and then by his own eager love affairs. Driven by the desire to live seriously and act generously, Gabe meets an impassable test in the person of Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, a formidable woman who, according to critic James Atlas, is masterfully portrayed with "depth and resonance."
The complex liason between Gabe and Martha and Gabe's moral enthusiasm for the trials of others are at the heart of this tragically comic work.
Still one of my favorites, and it help launch my journey into the tools of letting go.
One of my favorite tools of letting go of anything is what Hail Dwoskins called... Read more
Impossible to get any solace from feeling sorry for oneself.
Philip Roth's first novel, published 1962. A sprawling big thing. Great it may not be, but it is very readable. Read more
10th time I've read it since it came out.
Always stands up!! This is his best book, and his first!
I read some Philip Roth in my youth and was sort of reconnecting with him in reading "Letting Go. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Arthur Bank
This is a great way to own Philip Roth's work. The print is good sized; the book quality is also good. I believe Roth is one of the best.Published on April 24, 2012 by gms
_Letting Go_ is not one of my favorite Philip Roth novels. Although quite realistic in its complex approach to male-female relationships, this may account for why I did not quite... Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by IRA Ross
LETTING GO receives Luke Daniels' fine professional voice adds fire and life to this account, Roth's first full-length novel published just after Goodbye, Columbus when he was... Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
I went back and read Goodbye Columbus, then Letting Go on purpose and just loved Letting Go even more the second time around. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Charlie Stella