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.