©1991 Philip Roth; (P)2003 Recorded Books
"A tough-minded, beautifully written memoir. . . . It smacks of honesty and truthfulness on every page." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A deeply resonant portrait of a father and son. . . . Roth has looked past all comfort and condolence to find the truth—about himself and his father; about death and the fear of it; and about the absolute vulnerability to which love condemns us all." (Chicago Tribune)
"In a cunningly straightforward way, Patrimony tells one of the central true stories many Americans share nowadays. . . . Such telling is a marvel of artful wit and vigor. . . . It is the triumphant art of the literal . . . the gloriously pragmatic, unpredictable genius of Philip Roth's narrative gifts." (The New York Times Book Review)
I am a Roth fan, but I had never before bothered with any of his non-fiction. I am very glad that I listened to this moving memoir. It reads like a Roth novel, but with rawer emotion. Anyone who has or has had an aged or ill parent would be moved by this account of the last year of the life of the author's father. The book is not didactic, but it teaches several lessons. I was moved to buy the hardback version, as I am sure that this is a book I will want to return to often.
Also the narration by George Guidall is excellent.
This is Philip Roth in a whole different light. This is such a personal story and he deftly handles the events leading to the death of his father. He includes stories about his dad that are highly emotional to the writer but are handled the way a great writer like Roth treats his art. This is an opportunity to see one of today's most talented writers as vulnerable as the rest of us. Time well spent.
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