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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage International Ed edition (1 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679752935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679752936
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,277,890 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 true story, told with all the powerful authority and cunning narrative order of a major writer" (Sunday Times)

"His best work since The Counterlife" (Observer)

"Nobody writes about the American family with more tenderness and honesty" (New Statesman)

"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away - with words. But the Lord giveth back, miraculously, in the form of this book and this family history" (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'A simple, moving, generous work' - Independent --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2003
Format: Paperback
"Patrimony" is the precursor of the group of books Philip Roth wrote in the Nineties and which won major awards . "Patrimony" won him the National Book Critics Circle Award . This book is an autobiographical work about the last stages of the life of his father , Herman Roth .
The book is sweet and soft . The book is not only about the illness period that Philip's father went through ; it is also about an ongoing relationship between a father and his son . It is very romantic and it almost speaks of a different era in the history of the world . It is an era in which a son takes care of his parents , just like a mother taking care of her children , as Herman himself says at one stage of the book .
What attracts me to Philip Roth is his sincerity , honesty , and openness . He seems to regard the book as his confessional and the reader as his confidante . He spills on his secrets and private thoughts to the unassuming reader . He is compassionate , brotherly , and advising , not only to his father but also to his reader , and not only in this book but in most of his books . He takes one by the hand through the labyrinth of life's secrets , ironies , and absurdities .
The language in most of this book is rich , crispy , and hard-edged , with bumps and surprises .
Finally , in this book , Roth preaches some beautiful values : the values of determination , relentlessness , perseverance , and love of life . I recommend the book most to Philip Roth's aficionados, but even people who haven't read books by Roth would as readily love it and cherish it .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HORAK on 20 July 2004
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This novel was called "A True Story" by Mr Roth. Indeed, many parts in "Patrimony" have a personal tone. The author talks about his mother's sudden death in a restaurant in 1981 and about the sad and painful last year of his father's life. Herman Roth was diagnosed with a massive brain tumour so that little by little he became more and more disabled and needed constant attention. It is impressive to see the author's devotion and attention to his ageing father, all the more since his condition required an almost constant care. One also feels the father's shame and embarrassment as his physical condition worsens.
Mr Roth manages to create an irrepressible and irresistible hero, his father.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Miller on 27 Jan. 2008
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Herman Roth was a remarkable man as well as being fortunate to have had, in his son Philip, a biographer in the family. In these memoirs Roth Junior gets the chance to demonstrate that the success of his books does not depend on his fecund imagination alone: he is simply a wonderful writer.

Never can his literary craftsmanship have been put to better use than in the chronicle of his father's life and in particular his last years.

There is no better example of how well this father and son function together than in their reaction to Walter Herrmann, an acquaintance of the father whose tales of his holocaust survival take even the worldly Roths by surprise. But such set-piece delights are found throughout.

Towards the end, and despite the bleakness of it all (death basically), Roth never allows emotion to dominate the narrative: instead, he stays true to the story throughout and so spares none of the technical aspects of his father's dwindling health making for some blackly comic scenes at times.

This is unquestionably a masterpiece.
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By Colleen on 15 Dec. 2014
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As one would expect from a multi award winner, this is very well written, that is to say it is well structured, has plenty of words one does not normally use in everyday conversation and has been well edited.Why then only three stars, because I did not find it spell binding or a masterpiece (just two of the superlatives applied to this book by others). To me, it felt as though this was another literary piece of work for Mr Roth (it may of course been more for him, but this is how it felt to me). It was too measured, too carefully worded, no passion, no real feeling. I am sure the loss of his father was very painful for Mr Roth but I did not feel it (perhaps I was not meant to?). I am not sure what I wanted from this story, on second thoughts I do, I wanted to be moved and I was not. I empathize with Mr Roth in the loss of his father, not because through his writing he let me share in his loss, but because the loss of any parent is gut-wrenchingly sad.
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By Inemac on 30 Jan. 2013
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An engrossing testimonial of a son's love and awe for his dying father - chronicling the memories of a vibrant and somewhat overbearing father throughout this renowned author's life. An unmistakable kind of confessional by Philip Roth while helping his dying father and supporting him through the last months of his life. However, I did not find it spell-binding.
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