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Patrimonium een waar verhaal by Philip Roth

Patrimonium een waar verhaal (original 1991; edition 2003)

by Philip Roth

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Title:Patrimonium een waar verhaal
Authors:Philip Roth
Info:Amsterdam Meulenhoff 2003
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Patrimony: A True Story by Philip Roth (1991)


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good story @ term with father dying - life w/ a stubborn caring man -
pg 106 "Pride - safe reliant to the end - Independent to the end - The son perpetually protesting his autonomy - I don't need anything."
pg. 80-81 Hock - yiddish to hammer warnings + pleas. Why continue I care - for people in my own way.

Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old father-- famous for his vigor, charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections-- battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father's long, stubborn engagement with life.
  christinejoseph | Dec 28, 2015 |
My favorite Roth, and one of the least platitudinous books about dying I have ever read. I'll be returning to this. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
Philip Roth's story of his relationship with his family. I am underwhelmed. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Jun 10, 2015 |
Come sempre, un libro importante di uno scrittore fondamentale, di una voce - e sopratutto di una visione - da cui non si può prescindere. I dialoghi, i sentimenti, i silenzi, diventano trama solida che scorre davanti ai nostri occhi. Qui R. è più intimista, quotidiano, emotivo dei libri scritti su storie inventate. Qui la fiction è di casa, invece. Un pezzo di vita della famiglia Roth, che a piacimento possiamo riprendere dai libri della nostra collezione per rinnovarne l'eccezionale ricordo. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Patrimony is about author Philip Roth dealing with his father's debilitating and rapidly growing brain tumor. It takes away his autonomy and eventually his life. Patrimony depicts about a three year period in the late 1980's at the first onset of the tumor, which was originally misdiagnosed as Bell's Palsy, that gave his father, Hermann, partial facial paralysis to splitting headaches and loss of equilibrium.

Patrimony has what I have always called the "Titanic Effect." I'm sure it actually has a proper name but I have never looked for it. The Titanic Effect is that the person is aware of the tragic event but getting there is still so heartbreaking even though you knew it was already going to happened.

I knew Hermann Roth was going to die. I knew how he was going to die. But it is so sad to read about. I felt badly for Philip because it was incredibly difficult to reconcile with the fact that this strong, obstinate, hard working man had become so frail and was not going to live much longer. It must have been hard for Hermann to feel the deterioration of his body; that he couldn't do the same things that he once did. Slowly, his independence was slipping from him.

I felt almost compelled to read this book as rapidly as I did because I'm in a parallel situation with my Grandmother. I'm thinking the way the novelist felt is how my mother must be starting to feel. It's startling to see that someone who was once so strong is now so weak. If my mother was any kind of reader, I would give her this one.

This was my first Roth book. What made me buy it was that when I read the New York Times article announcing his retirement, Patrimony and a brief synopsis was mentioned. It sounded interesting. Patrimony was a very realistic and visceral account of celebrating a life and realizing you'll have to let it go. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
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My father had lost most of the sight in his right eye by the time he'd reached eighty-six, but otherwise he seemed in phenomenal health for a man his age when he came down with what the Florida doctor diagnosed, incorrectly, ad Bell's palsy, a viral infection that causes paralysis, usually temporary, to one side of the face.
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With the honesty of a skilled biographer and the sensitivity of a caring son, Roth chronicles the life of his father, Herman, in this gripping work which won a 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award. Roth holds little back in describing his father as a man of rare intensity and fierce independence who, for better or worse, stood by his principles and held others to his own rigorous standards. Writes Roth, "His obsessive stubbornness--his stubborn obsessiveness--had very nearly driven my mother to a breakdown in her final years." Frank throughout, Roth calls his father "a pitiless realist, but I wasn't his offspring for nothing, and I could be pretty realistic, too."

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Polish translation of Philip Roth's autobiographical work, "Patrimony."

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