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Everyman by Philip Roth
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Everyman (2006)

by Philip Roth

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The narrator here was a huge womanizing douche who realized too late what his actions caused him.

We see him go from a young child experiencing his first brush with death and sickness to an old man, constantly in and out of the hospital and longing for his youthful past.

He wants everything, and has the skills and looks to get it, with the exception of good health in his later years, which causes him to become bitter to the point of losing all contact with his family (with the exception of his daughter).

Even in his later years, he seems to try desperately to cling to his ways of womanizing despite his failing health and he becomes more and more absorbed in himself and his failures as a husband and parent. In the end, he even seems to be trying to connect with his second wife after her stroke, despite all that he did to her. ( )
  Moore31 | Feb 25, 2018 |
The narrator here was a huge womanizing douche who realized too late what his actions caused him.

We see him go from a young child experiencing his first brush with death and sickness to an old man, constantly in and out of the hospital and longing for his youthful past.

He wants everything, and has the skills and looks to get it, with the exception of good health in his later years, which causes him to become bitter to the point of losing all contact with his family (with the exception of his daughter).

Even in his later years, he seems to try desperately to cling to his ways of womanizing despite his failing health and he becomes more and more absorbed in himself and his failures as a husband and parent. In the end, he even seems to be trying to connect with his second wife after her stroke, despite all that he did to her. ( )
  Moore31 | Feb 25, 2018 |
A 73 year old man looks at his life. He talks about his envy of his brother's health, the love of his daughter, the distance felt with his sons. His 3 wife and his philandering. His regrets. Very sad and melancholy. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 26, 2017 |
A rare book, starting with a funeral, by an author that seems to develop more and more mystery to me. Every novel is so different and this one is truly special. The protagonist is dead. But you should just read it. And reflect yourself. Are we better? Are we more honest? Are we ... alive? And doing the good thing?
A rare book indeed. ( )
  Lunarreader | Sep 22, 2017 |
This was the first of Roth's books that I ever read. The only thing that I will say is that reading this book lead to an obsession with Roth that I'm still not getting over and which may be contagious... ( )
  SnowcatCradle | Jan 2, 2017 |
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Dream when the day is thru,
Dream and they might come true,
Things never are as bad as they seem,
So dream, dream, dream.
-- Johnny Mercer,
from "Dream", popular song of the 1940s
the rare occurrence of the expected...
--William Carolos Williams,
from "At Kenneth Burke's Place," 1946
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To J.G.
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The Swede.
Around the grave in the rundown cemetery were a few of his former advertising colleagues from New York, who recalled his energy and originality and told his daughter, Nancy, what a pleasure it had been to work with him.
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You fight your superficiality, your shallowness, so as to try to come at people without unreal expectations, without an overload of bias or hope or arrogance…and yet you never fail to get them wrong…You get them wrong when you meet them, while you’re anticipating meeting them; you get them wrong while you’re with them; and then you go home to tell someone else about the meeting and you get them wrong all over again…[T]he whole thing is really a dazzling illusion empty of all perception, an astonishing farce of misperception
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307277712, Paperback)

Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.

The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age, when he is rended by observing the deterioration of his contemporaries and stalked by his own physical woes.

The terrain of this powerful novel is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:21 -0400)

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The fate of Philip Roth's Everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers and into old age, where he is stalked by his own physical woes.

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