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Worthy of the prizes. Best narration. Amazing writing. Haunting story. The clash of the immigrant's hard working son and his suburban New Jersey daughter. An intimate portrait of a man's psyche told from the point view of a writer who knew him in his youth, the reader gets closer to a character than his wife or anyone else.
The part of me that loves good literature so amazed to read this, I probably would read it again. It was hard, though--to be left so sad.
More dialog. The story had lots of tangents. It just seemed to be back story after backstory of the characters. They were certainly interesting characters, but the story didnt' seem to take off. I only made it through a few hours of the book.
Appropriate for some of the characters, but then they all started to sound the same.
Don't read this if you are prone to depression. The story, however, is lyrical in the way it is put together and performed.
I love Ron Silver's narration, but there was just too much anger and weird stuff in the story for me to continue listening. Though I certainly know him by reputation, this is the first Roth book I've 'read' so maybe they are all like this. If i had been actually reading it, I would have skipped ahead in parts but can't do that with my older-style ipod. Maybe someday I will go back to it.
Ron Silver's performance of Roths classic was captivating. Never before have I heard the voice of an authors ideas and intent so well delivered. I throughly enjoyed this book and only wish Mr Silver had lent his talent to other Roth novels.
If you enjoy slice of life novels, this one will not disappoint.
I don't often leave books unfinished, but I could not get through this one. I haven't read Roth since Portnoy's Complaint and I find that he still seems to invest women with an unrealistic amount of evil. As for the reader, I've always liked Ron Silver as an actor but found that he didn't enunciate clearly enough in this audiobook. I repeatedly had to backtrack to try and understand a word or phrase. Add to that the fact that one of the main characters has a stutter and it all adds up to an unpleasant listening experience. I read literary fiction almost exlusively, but for me Roth falls short of that category.
This novel is beautiul, lyrical, descriptive, and thoughtful; I will remember it forever. Its frequent digressions, flashbacks, and stream-of-thought musings would seem hard to translate to audio, but Ron Silver's narration is so subtle and nuanced and sensitive that I now can't imagine reading this novel without hearing his voice. A narrator who can convey subtle or contradictory emotions beautifully; he seems to really understand the novel's themes and communicates them rather than simply conveying the dialogue. Masterful and wonderful.
Philip Roth crafts the best sentence of any American novelist. This masterpiece unfolds a plot which continues to unfold and the characterization of the "Swede" and his family is fascinating. There are great details about glovemaking, about the decline of some of the towns in NJ, about marriage and parenthood, even grandparenthood. The story is dynamic and suspenseful.