My Life as a Man

My Life as a Man

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by Philip Roth
     
 

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A fiction-within-a-fiction, a labyrinthine edifice of funny, mournful, and harrowing meditations on the fatal impasse between a man and a woman, My Life as a Man is Roth's most blistering novel.

At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants to be his muse but who instead is his nemesis. Their

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A fiction-within-a-fiction, a labyrinthine edifice of funny, mournful, and harrowing meditations on the fatal impasse between a man and a woman, My Life as a Man is Roth's most blistering novel.

At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants to be his muse but who instead is his nemesis. Their union is based on fraud and shored up by moral blackmail, but it is so perversely durable that, long after Maureen's death, Peter is still trying—and failing—to write his way free of it. Out of desperate inventions and cauterizing truths, acts of weakness, tenderheartedness, and shocking cruelty, Philip Roth creates a work worthy of Strindberg—a fierce tragedy of sexual need and blindness.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Roth's best.... No writer alive can sustain a full-length novel at as high a decibel level as Philip Roth." —Newsweek

"[My Life as a Man is] a scalding, unique addition to the lasting literature about men and women." —Newsday

"A very grand work...in invention, in perception...in coming to grips with the wild inconsistencies of life and art." —New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679748274
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
763,471
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians’ Prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004.” Recently Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut
Date of Birth:
March 19, 1933
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
Education:
B.A. in English, Bucknell University, 1954; M.A. in English, University of Chicago, 1955

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My Life as a Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AK95 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Roth has created a carefully plotted story about a self absorbed man and the woman that would bring his brightful future down. The ending is poignant while the introduction is enthralling. Both of the main characters, Nathan Zuckerman and Peter Tarnopol, are trobuled but always intriguing characters with empathatic back grounds. The story contains little nuggets of humor and authentic interactions. The great problem with this book is what the author allows the narrator to do; the second half of the story drags on because the flow of the book comes to a dead stop. It's constant complaining about life one line after another. The theme of the story has already been completed and yet Mr. Roth continues to jam the message down the reader's throat for a hundred pages. Outside of that one problem with editing, this is without a doubt a worthwhile book to read; you just might find it a little daunting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago