©1993 Phillip Roth; (P)2009 Phoenix
"A masterpiece." (Newsweek)
"Unlike those of us who come howling into the world, blind and bare, Mr. Roth appears with nails, hair, teeth, speaking coherently. He is skilled, witty, energetic and performs like a virtuoso." (Saul Bellow)
"Superior, startling, incandescently alive." (The New Yorker)
The last story in this collection is the comically bad. Extremely overwritten. He describes every single detail of a scene before anything actually happens. Worst of all is the narrator. He actually slows down and faintly whispers when the characters get excited and talk loudly. And the story is from the perspective of an American, juxtaposed with a German Jew, but the whole thing is narrated with a thick accent. Clearly no thought was put into it. Also, it's very long. Even longer than this rant about how awful it is.
Batti il ferro finché è caldo
The winner of the 1960 National Book Award, the title story GOODBYE, COLUMBUS is of the end of love, discovered. It's actually a novella accompanied by 5 nice short stories. The novella is well worth the admission price, a tale of young love between two 20-somethings blending issues of the heart, class and the sexual mores at mid-20th century. It also explores differences among Jews as well as Jewish *assimilation* in the 50's.
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