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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781504747127
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Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old father—famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections—battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long, stubborn engagement with life.

Philip Roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, this memoir about love, survival, and memory is one of his most intimate books, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous. Patrimony is Roth’s elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In a cunningly straightforward way, Patrimony tells one of the central true stories many Americans share nowadays…Such telling is a marvel of artful wit and vigor…It is the triumphant art of the literal…The gloriously pragmatic, unpredictable genius of Philip Roth’s narrative gifts.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A deeply resonant portrait of a father and son…Roth has looked past all comfort and condolence to find the truth—about himself and his father; about death and the fear of it; and about the absolute vulnerability to which love condemns us all.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A tough-minded, beautifully written memoir…It smacks of honesty and truthfulness on every page.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Even before Philip has his own terrifying brush with death in an emergency quintuple bypass operation, he realizes that his father taught and embodied ‘the vernacular, unpoetic and unexpressive and point-blank, with all the vernacular’s glaring limitations and all its durable force.’ An elegy of overwhelming horror and pity—filled with Roth’s graceful prose and narrative control, but also with a humanity sometimes missing in his other work.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Here is Roth…at his most humane as he pens a kaddish to his recently deceased father, Herman.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 El211 | 2/17/2014

    " So creepy! There's actually a scene where he describes his father's penis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/23/2014

    " Roth's true story of his father, written with a wonderful honesty. The struggle of both Roth and his father with his dad's ageing is touching, and there's humor too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Wright | 1/20/2014

    " A story all should read who have aging parents. and it doesn't hurt that Roth is a writer is an extraordinary writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/17/2014

    " This is the first Philip Roth book I've read, and I picked it up at the library because I recognized his name. The book is about Roth taking care of his dying father. Usually books about old people dying destroy me, but Roth perfectly balances the tone of his writing between honesty and caring. He uses simple, straightforward language - "You clean up your father's shit because it has to be cleaned up, but in the aftermath of cleaning it up, everything that's there to feel is felt as it never was before." That kind of stuff, but you also feel how much he cares about his father. There's only one section of about five pages that seemed superfluous to the story. And there's a great, simple paragraph on the fourth to last page of the book that sums of the rest of it perfectly. Thanks Mr. Roth for a book about dying that made me feel without making me sob uncontrollably. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 South Orange Library | 1/17/2014

    " Philip Roth is a brilliant writer and there are so many of his books I could recommend, but one of his best is his biography, PATRIMONY. It's his story of past recollections of his family, and how he took care of his ailing father as his father lay dying. As sad as it was it had comic stories interwoven in it and I think would be a book that would linger with people after having read it. --Phyllis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/16/2014

    " a stellar example of relational autobiography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/9/2014

    " Philip Roth's father's face is paralyzed and after a trip to the doctor it is discovered he has a tumor near his brain stem. As time goes on, the tumor will grow in size further disabling him and eventually taking his life unless he decides to have it removed. Roth carefully takes his readers through that time period as he and his father struggle with the medical decisions of surgery, care and the eventualities of old age. Through it you learn of their lives together in younger years with different struggles and challenges. A warm memoir and tribute from a son for his father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 1/5/2014

    " Man's father dies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 1/2/2014

    " This muscled navel gazing is a relief from the grief-as-masochism that Didion has been up to. Well written. I've not read Roth before, but I have a feeling I might soon. It is clear why he might be problematic, but this book felt easily upfront. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cheeseblab | 10/21/2013

    " Finally a book that plays not a whit with the border between fiction and fact, a straightforward and affecting memoir of the author's father's declining health and death. The final entry in the fifth volume of the Library of America's collected works of Roth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 10/1/2013

    " Hilarious. Sad. Inevitable. Pick up a copy. Now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 8/30/2013

    " This is Philip Roth's best book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhapsody | 8/20/2013

    " Stunning. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorenzo | 12/29/2012

    " Better than Salinger for my English even if I hope I won't have to talk about retirement castles, facial paralysises and tumors pretty soon... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ania | 12/2/2012

    " Going through a tough time whilst reading this but it was not the comparison of my petty problems versus the mortal subject matter of this book which was a comfort but Roths voice as ever. Does everyone feel that way- that they have something in common with this man? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 10/17/2012

    " So moving. As a long time reader of Roth (and a major fan) it was interesting to read his foray into memoir, seeing how autobiographical much of his work is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna J-m | 4/23/2012

    " A very moving description about the father-son relation at the point of life when the roles reverse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nickolette | 4/3/2012

    " I had to take pain killers to keep up with this shit.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klaus Gramann | 3/27/2012

    " Again, a very impressive piece of work by Philip Roth. His way to deal with death, your own or that of the people close to you has nothing pathetic but still touches you deep inside. I don't know whether it helps preparing me for the things to come but I might find some source of energy in his book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Thrift | 1/19/2012

    " I don't really understand father stories so I think I missed a lot. But beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maurice J | 7/6/2011

    " Brilliant. Roth's loving description of his relationship with his father, but also a grand tour of his life in Newark. Not a novel. The only Roth book my wife likes. As usual his writing is brilliant along with his command of language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/8/2011

    " An unsparing account of the death of the author's father. Not sentimental, he was a gruff hardworking Jewish man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/2/2011

    " I hope I never have to go through something like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke | 1/12/2011

    " The book made me wonder if it is a reason why he never had children.

    I really liked the dialogue. I wonder if it is fictionalized.

    Sometimes, it seems like it is more about him than his father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chazz | 12/21/2010

    " I read this somewhat coincidentally just a week or so before my own father's death. This autobiographical work chronicles the last days of Roth's father's life, and the difficulties undergone by Roth. A quite good book. Or, at least, it meant a lot to me at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 11/24/2010

    " So moving. As a long time reader of Roth (and a major fan) it was interesting to read his foray into memoir, seeing how autobiographical much of his work is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriagloom | 11/18/2010

    " Questo è il Libro definitivo sulla morte(ovviamente per chi ha piacere a leggere libri definitivi sulla morte). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 11/13/2010

    " A story all should read who have aging parents. and it doesn't hurt that Roth is a writer is an extraordinary writer.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 10/7/2010

    " I don't really understand father stories so I think I missed a lot. But beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nickolette | 7/25/2010

    " I had to take pain killers to keep up with this shit.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 6/19/2010

    " Hilarious. Sad. Inevitable. Pick up a copy. Now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 5/1/2010

    " Incredible book....has stayed with me for many, many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/16/2010

    " a stellar example of relational autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/3/2010

    " Roth's heartfelt meditation on the final year in the life of his Father. No venom here but a wistful recounting of a life well lived by a respectful son. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Roth

Philip Roth is one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.