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It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town an ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
sew32608

Don't Miss Roth's Best

by sew32608 on May 6, 2010

Personally, I don't care for "Portnoy's Complaint". But I am So glad I didn't let that keep me from reading this book- which strikes me as a true masterpiece. It addresses a variety of issues of modern times- perhaps most notably race, but also others (such as women's issues and the Viet Nam War) . Roth really opened my eyes about some of the challenges that face veterans returning to this country. The characters are as multidimensional as the issues. A great read. Don't miss.

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tandd

I guess I'm not a fan

by tandd on May 12, 2008

If you like Philip Roth's works then this is a really good one. If you have never read one of his books then this is a good one to start with, so that you know he can write well. As for the story... The book seemed far more a showcase for his ability to write a novel, using all the elements as dutifully taught by various schools of thought, than it was about anything; that he was more interested in toying with form than with readability and plot.

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Adaria
by Adaria on Sep 27, 2007

I had seen the movie on TV and decided to get the book. The movie was well acted and followed the book enough to make a good movie but reading the book was much better. If you can, see the movie and read the book, in that order. Adaria

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