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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,145 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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`A great novella - amazingly, this was Roth's first book - about love, sex and growing up.'
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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, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner and Saul Bellow, among others. 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 'for a body of work...of enduring originality and consummate craftmanship' and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American Fiction, given to a writer whose 'scale of achievement over a sustained career...places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.' Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. The last of the eight volumes is scheduled for publication in 2013.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By allthegreeks on 10 Jun. 2012
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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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By C. ENGLISHBY on 2 Oct. 2014
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Enjoyed the short story format and Roth's amusng.readable style (and Jewish angst!).
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By Paraskevi Karali on 30 Jan. 2015
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Not excellent, but good. After all, it is a Roth..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elie london on 1 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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