Wednesday, December 06, 2006

134. "Everyman" ~ Philip Roth

I don't know why it took me so many attempts to glide into the pages. Once ensconced, I didn't put the book down all day.

Roth takes the metaphorical microscope and turns it on an aging man, whose health problems barely outnumber the amount of past affairs and wives. He dies within the first page, so there is no surprise; however, his life shows slivers of clarity, like the relationship he has with his daughter.

There is no room for pity here. Boys with stomach ailments die. Acquaintences commit suicide. The narrator steeps himself in death until the skepter caught the scent.

4.0 out of 5.0 Dan the Mans.

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