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Posted September 15, 2013
Saying this isn't Roth's greatest achievement is like saying Mac
Saying this isn't Roth's greatest achievement is like saying Macbeth isn't Shakespeare's best play: probably true, but almost meaningless because it remains an untouchable literary achievement. The novel focuses on the story of Ira Ringold, a card-carrying Communist from Newark who befriended Nathan Zuckerman in 1948 while Zuckerman was still in high school, as told by Ira's older brother and Zuckerman's former English teacher, Murray. One of Roth's greatest tragedies, the prose in I Married a Communist is among the best written by any author in the English language. Stick with the novel until the end: the final few pages contain perhaps Roth's most poignant concluding sentences, some of the most powerfully elegiac sentences you will ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2013
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