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Letting Go

Everyman by Philip Roth

Reviewed by James Wood
The New Republic Online

"Philip Roth's new novel is about death and dying, and about that long disease, life. It is trivially haunted by its near-namesake, the medieval mystery play, and substantially haunted by the canonical fiction about dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Like the hero of Tolstoy's novella, whose life was 'most ordinary and therefore most terrible,' the nameless protagonist of Everyman is 'an average human being,' a regular integer.

Like Ivan Ilyich, Roth's universal victim is blindly healthy until the age of thirty-four, when what Tolstoy called 'It' makes its appearance..." Read the entire The New Republic Online Review.

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3 Responses to "Letting Go"

    Phil menger May 18th, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Yeah uh, but did you like it? These long winded reviews have to go. how about a 150 word limit? The review is almost as long as Roth's short short book.

    Karl Loughead May 18th, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    James Wood is brilliant. I would read 15,000 of his words, especially about the best American fiction author writing today.

    bears May 21st, 2006 at 9:55 am

    I agree with Karl; he's a real critic and quite refreshing compared to most of what one sees in "review a day." So obviously I disagree with Phil; I don't like one-paragraph "I liked it" reviews.

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