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I Married A Communist
I Married A Communist
by Philip Roth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars The distorting power of bitterness., 4 Oct. 2000
This review is from: I Married A Communist (Paperback)
Philip Roth is a wonderful writer and a major contemporary voice. I was disappointed with this book, however, because I felt that Roth's vision was blurred by his obvious fury and bitterness towards his ex-partner. I kept feeling that he had just made a really clever observation that would cut to the heart of Ms. Bloom and it kept distracting me. This book was written by a man who was fighting for his reputation and he leaves no prisoners. I have no idea of this position is morally justified by what happened between them, but I think it spoils what might have been a very good book. Roth is a writer who normally takes my breath away. He is sharp,witty,evocative,perceptive and nobody writes better about the American Jewish experience (or on the subtle British undercurrents of anti-Semitisim.) 'I Married a Communist' is part of what perhaps should have remained a private quarrel.

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