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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Philip Roth’s startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, “are melted into air, into thin air.” When he goes onstage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else. “Something fundamental has vanished.” His wife has gone, his audience has left him, his agent can’t persuade him to make a comeback. Into this shattering account of inexplicable and terrifying self-evacuation bursts a counterplot of unusual erotic desire, a consolation for a bereft life so risky and aberrant that it points not toward comfort and gratification but to a yet darker and more shocking end. In this long day’s journey into night, told with Roth’s inimitable urgency, bravura, and gravity, all the ways that we convince ourselves of our solidity, all our life’s performances — talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation — are stripped off. Following the dark meditations on mortality and endings in Everyman and Exit Ghost, and the bitterly ironic retrospect on youth and chance in Indignation, Roth has written another in his haunting group of late novels. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Smoothw | 5/16/2011

    " Didn't really have anything especially interesting to say, but I like how Roth writes, even if he has done the same thing much better in his earlier works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby | 4/25/2011

    " The lesbian stereotypes were ridiculously laughable, but sadly, they weren't meant to be. Offensive in the complete lack of imagination, i.e. based on cliche straight male fantasy. Otherwise I enjoyed it and almost always find Roth's writing compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeremy | 4/5/2011

    " This was my first Roth novel and I enjoyed it. The ride was a tragic one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rafa | 4/4/2011

    " Magnífico. Crea un personaje sin fisuras. No tiene la quinta estrella por el tamaño, queda pequeña. "

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