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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (743 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this mesmerizing, funny, chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, the subject the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose “goodness” is a terrible disease. When she was still a child, Lucy Nelson had her alcoholic failure of a father thrown in jail. Ever since then she has been trying to reform the men around her, even if that ultimately means destroying herself in the process. With his unerring portraits of Lucy and her hapless, childlike husband, Roy, Roth has created an uncompromising work of fictional realism, a vision of provincial American piety, yearning, and discontent that is at once pitiless and compassionate. 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 Michael | 2/20/2014

    " Three and a half stars... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " Yet another Philip Roth book. Pretty good but I was easily distracted "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/11/2014

    " Maybe it's stupid of me to give this so high a rating when it's been so long since I've read it, and I should read it again. But it had a very powerful effect on me both times I read it. I reread the first chapter recently, I still love the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jay | 1/30/2014

    " While I enjoyed the banter in the first half of the book, the plot involving weak men, their weak wives, and a girl that can develop a strong interior story then flip it twice before acting... now that can get a bit long. The first part had quite a few funny lines. These dried up as you saw the main character's personality issues come to the front. The book played off of three men that can be best described as wishy washy. There's a lot of non-decision and inert dreaming that goes on, enough to drive one crazy. The one being either a character in the book or the reader. But it is Roth, you feel you know these characters in real life. "

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