Large Print - 2006 | 1st large print ed.
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The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm thirty-four! Worry about oblivion when you're seventy-five." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. And as his health worsens, he is the envious brother of a much fitter man.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2006.
Edition: 1st large print ed.
ISBN: 9780739326961
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE ROTH
Characteristics: 178 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.


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Jan 22, 2019

This starts with the funeral of the protagonist and then traces back through his life in the first person centered around his childhood, marriages, with some concentration on his old age especially his health challenges. It is honest and real and a in a short book culls down the lifetime of a man into the real important meanings of a lifetime. It is a little somber dwelling on the infirmities and mistakes of a lifetime but it holds together and is constructed well. I don't see the brilliant wit or crazy humor of some of his Jewish contemporaries like a Bashevis Singer or Leonard Cohen, but it is carefully constructed, unostentatious, and rings true, perhaps more relatable to from someone of my 70 year old vantage.

Sep 30, 2015

I enjoyed this book very much. When Philip Roth writes I always feels like we are sitting down and having a discussion. The subject matter is depressing I suppose but inevitable for us all and so well written. I also enjoyed his book The Human Stain very much.

May 17, 2013

Everybody dies. Everybody.
Roth takes a look at the life of one man as it ends in the inevitable. This is a wonderfully written book. It may seem a depressing subject but is really a rally call to life.

Jul 17, 2012

Listened to it on CD in the car, but my trip ended before the story concluded. Had to get the book and finish reading the next day (can only to audio while driving). Wonderful story. Makes me take a good look at my own life, at my age. Highly recommend.

Jul 13, 2012

This was my first Philip Roth book. I think I should have chosen a different one because I didn't like this one too much. Given the praises he has received, I will try another one. Everyman was a bit too depressing for my taste.

Sep 27, 2009

This is the 62nd of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper. Martel has devoted a Web site to the reading list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume. (All of his letters can be read at http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca/.) Martel has never received a direct acknowledgement from Harper, and only recently some fairly form-letter responses from Harper's staff. He has, however, received a response (although not directly related to one of his book selections for Harper) from Industry Minister Tony Clement.

Jan 02, 2008

A small, well-written novel about "everyman's" life and death. Extremely contemplative. Like much good literature, "good for you" but perhaps not enjoyable in the sense of entertaining. I feel like I am damning with faint praise but I don't mean to. This IS good.


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