Philip Roth's twenty-seventh book takes its title from an anonymous fifteenth-century English allegorical play whose drama centres on the summoning of the living to death and whose hero, Everyman, is intended to be the personification of mankind. The fate of Roth's Everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic ...Read MorePhilip Roth's twenty-seventh book takes its title from an anonymous fifteenth-century English allegorical play whose drama centres on the summoning of the living to death and whose hero, Everyman, is intended to be the personification of mankind. The fate of Roth's Everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers and during his hospitalisation as a nine-year-old surgical patient through the crises of health that come close to killing him as a vigorous adult, and into his old age, when he is undone by the death and deterioration of his contemporaries and relentlessly stalked by his own menacing physical woes. A successful commercial advertising artist with a New York ad agency, he is the father of two sons who despise him and a daughter who adores him, the beloved brother of a good man whose physical well-being comes to arouse his bitter envy, and the lonely ex-husband of three very different women with whom he's made a mess of marriage. "Everyman" is a painful human story of the regret and loss and stoicism of a man who becomes what he does not want to be. The terrain of this savagely sad short novel is the human body, and its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.Read Less
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If you are a hypochondriac and have a heart condition, this is definitely not the book for you. However, putting that aside this is a commentary on family life gone wrong, and well worth the effort of reading it.
Jul 26, 2007
Average book about man with health challenges ...o.k., so he does explain his feelings a bit better than most men would re: disabilities and recoveries from surgeries and modifying lifestyle and overcoming some challenges ( no sex0 and the end is sad but no dogears or underlines here.
Mar 22, 2007
This is Philip Roth at his best. After reading Patrimony, I expected no less. Everyman is Philip Roth's personal examination of a life. It is about the unexpected end of the journey and how one man deals with it. We too will relive our best and brightest moments; struggle with the pain of losing loved ones through indifference, divorce, or sheer laziness; and quietly attempt to reconcile our past with our present. Along the way, we will laugh, cry, and accept that we are human. One of our greatest literary minds challenging his own perceptions and misconceptions at a point in life we all must face. These challenges remain long after the reading is finished.
Mar 16, 2007
Real life reveiled.
This is a well told look at real life from the perspective of an elderly individual. You will experience laughter, awe, sadness, and hope. It is an inside look that brings with it understanding that would not be obtained otherwise.
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