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Goodbye, Columbus [Paperback]

Philip Roth
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5 Oct 2006

Philip Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters.

Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories that range in tone from the iconoclastic to the astonishingly tender.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099498154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099498155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians' Prize for "the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004". Recently Roth received PEN's two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America.

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"Superior, startingly, incandescently alive" (New Yorker)

"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)

"A great novella - amazingly, this was Roth's first book - about love, sex and growing up" (David Nicholls Observer)

"Opening the first page of any Philip Roth is like hearing the ignition on a boiler roar into life. Passion is what we're going to get, and plenty of it" (Guardian)

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'A masterpiece' - Newsweek

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I know the description above probably might seem a little cliched, and the stuff of paperback reviews, but I really did find the stories excellent, particularly 'Goodbye Columbus'. The only problem I could see was that some aspects of its sexual politics might need to be explained to people who didn't grow up in 1940s and '50s America... Nevertheless, the story's sharpness and originality have stood the test of time and it still carries a real sting, and some psychological truths, over 40 years later.
The other stories are also insightful and engrossing and well worth reading.
I'd recommend the book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of the best books I've ever read 10 Jun 2012
I've just discovered Philip Roth and I think I've found my kind of author. Besides the fact that all stories in this book focus on the Jewish customs and way of living (something I found tedious), Roth approaches life and all of its hidden aspects with such brilliance. I found myself smiling at his genius in the precision of words he used to describe the narrator's feelings and secret thoughts. He really gets you into the protagonist's head and helps you relate to him/her. Great writer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Please use better stickers!!! 1 Nov 2013
The book arrived earlier than it was estimated, the condition as described ,lm 200% satisfied. The only negative point is that the stickers in the jacket were impossible to remove without damaging it .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Must do better. 18 May 2001
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Not a book I imagine that Roth will look back on with especial pride. In truth the opening tale in this book of short stories is stiff, turgid and an ordeal to read. The best idea would be to skip it completely, but it does take up about half the book. The rest of the stories however are more absorbing and some are actually quite excellent. Eli the Fanatic stands out as a great story. Whether the full book is worth the cash is a different matter though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good call!! 4 Nov 1998
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a very interesting debate about love of social classes
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