Letting Go

Letting Go

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by Philip Roth
     
 

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Letting Go is Philip Roth's first full-length novel, published when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa City, Letting Go presents a fictional portrait of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints and by moral compulsions conspicuously different from those of today. Newly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from… See more details below

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Letting Go is Philip Roth's first full-length novel, published when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa City, Letting Go presents a fictional portrait of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints and by moral compulsions conspicuously different from those of today. Newly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother's recent death, freed from old attachments and hungrily seeking others, Gabe Wallach is drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate student in literature, and to Libby, Paul's moody, intense wife. Gabe's desire to be connected to the ordered "world of feeling" that he finds in books is first tested vicariously by the anarchy of the Herzes' struggles with responsible adulthood and then by his own eager love affairs. Driven by the desire to live seriously and act generously, Gabe meets an impassable test in the person of Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two. The complex liaison between Gabe and Martha and Gabe's moral enthusiasm for the trials of others are at the heart of this tragically comic work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The protagonist of Roth's first full-length novel vicariously explores the angst of love and marriage. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"A first novel of awesome maturity." —James Atlas

"A rich book, full of incident, wry and sad and even in its most desolating scene somehow amusing." —Elizabeth Hardwick, Harper's

"[Roth] has the finest eye for the details of American life since Sinclair Lewis." —Stanley Edgar Hyman

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ISBN-13:
9780099485032
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2007

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