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Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories | [Philip Roth]

Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories

Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Philip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.
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Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Philip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.

©1993 Phillip Roth; (P)2009 Phoenix

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    Tommy G. Henry Houston, TX 04-29-15
    Tommy G. Henry Houston, TX 04-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen, except for the final story"

    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.

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    W Perry Hall 04-21-14 Member Since 2015

    Batti il ferro finché è caldo

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    "Love begins and Assimilation"

    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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