Everyman by Philip Roth
Reviewed by Joseph O'Neill
The Atlantic Monthly
"Following the historical panoramas of his recent work, Roth's new novel ? a novella, really ? is a transfixing summary biography of a seventy-one-year-old mortal from Elizabeth, New Jersey: 'He'd married three times, had mistresses and children and an interesting job where he'd been a success, but now eluding death seemed to have become the central business of his life and bodily decay his entire story.'
"Thus the personal history of this 'average human being' is reduced almost to a surgical history: hernia trouble as a boy; a burst appendix and peritonitis in his thirties; and, in his fifties and sixties, disastrously recurrent cardiac difficulties that clutter him with six stents and a defibrillator." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly Review.