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Etractores Su secreto escondido durante cincuenta años a esposa familiares y amigos servirá al escritor Nathan Zuckerman para reconstruir la biografía desconocida de Silk y entender cómo puede llegar a desenmarañarse una ficción de vida tan ingeniosamente armada. The author sums it up perfectly on page 81You area a verbal master of extroadinary louatiousnessP Roth So Perspicatios So fluent A vocal master of the endless ostentatious overelaborate sentenceYup This book is the Jackson Pollock of our literary time Just spatter everything all over the page and call it art Roth goes on and on by using every single adjective he ever learned in his SAT class in a row then completely counters every argument he just made so he can use all the opposite words he knows ITs OBNOXIOUS I ve read reviews about how each word seems painstakingly chosen Its painful alright for the reader I don t think the author made any choices TO choose the implies you would select one word or phrase to the exclusion of another He uses ALL OF THEM This guy is the master of the tripple negative You are not so unshrewed as not to know it p195 but not uite as good at it as he is at using ellipses dashes and commas to create an entire page of run on sentence that is none the less gramatically correct and here the real skill its also pointless He makes Melville seem to the point and full of rich coloiolism and contemporary dialect he goes on for a full page to discuss a scene he has already earlier described about milking cows he uses every verb and adjective that can even be remotely related to a cow then proceeds to contradict himself as he does often just to put in words negate the meaning of the word immidiately preceeding it then relate it to sex and subjugation the human and bovine the highly differentiated and the all but undifferentiated to live not merely to endure but to live to go on taking feeding milking acknowleging wholeharetedly the enigma that it is the pointless meaningfulness of living all was recorded as real by tens of thousands of minute impressions The sensory fullness the copiousness the abundant superabundant detail of life which is the rhapsodyBULLSHIT Pointless meaninfullness Full copious abundantand then we needed superabundant as if his point in unclear Well his point is unclear This is the rhapsody What rhapsody I dont know if he s trying to show off or insult me like I dont know what the first three mean or maybe I have to read it three oh wait no 4 times to get the point What is this a 9th grad vocab test You re kidding righthow about this crapStunned by how little he d gotten over her and she d gotten over him he walked away understanding as outside his reading in classical Greek drama he d never had to understand before how easily a life can be one thing rather than another and how accidentally a destiny is made on the other hand how accidental fate may seem when things can never turn out other than they do That is he walked away understanding nothing knowing he could understand nothing though with the illusion that he WOULD have metaphysically understood somthing of emormous importance about the stubborn determination of his to become his own man if only such things were understandableI m pretty sure in this case the author meant to convey the character s confusion but I m too confused to say for sure The author is so obnoxios he regularly references characters from Euripides by name only do you know anyone familiar with the characters of Euripides ancient greek plays How about Aschenback and Tadzio Herodotus How about some general concepts Most people know ethos pathos logos but how aboutThe difference between diegesis and mimesis He seems to be trying to satorize his characters in the book to make them seem obnoxious overeducated and socially innept secretly insecure which reuires they blather on dropping names and fancy words It works except that its not just one or two characters He does it constantly himself in the authors own narration as if his point wasnt already so obfuscated you have to go back through 2 pages six dashes a dozen commas a hanful of ellipses to find where the sentence begins and remember what he was talking about Comfort of a Man una ficción de vida tan ingeniosamente armada. The author sums it Husband From 9 To 5 up perfectly on page 81You area a verbal master of extroadinary louatiousnessP Roth So Perspicatios So fluent A vocal master of the endless ostentatious overelaborate sentenceYup This book is the Jackson Pollock of our literary time Just spatter everything all over the page and call it art Roth goes on and on by The Bonny Bride using every single adjective he ever learned in his SAT class in a row then completely counters every argument he just made so he can The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, use all the opposite words he knows ITs OBNOXIOUS I ve read reviews about how each word seems painstakingly chosen Its painful alright for the reader I don t think the author made any choices TO choose the implies you would select one word or phrase to the exclusion of another He Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, uses ALL OF THEM This guy is the master of the tripple negative You are not so Hope Street unshrewed as not to know it p195 but not Burkes Christmas Surprise uite as good at it as he is at A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, using ellipses dashes and commas to create an entire page of run on sentence that is none the less gramatically correct and here the real skill its also pointless He makes Melville seem to the point and full of rich coloiolism and contemporary dialect he goes on for a full page to discuss a scene he has already earlier described about milking cows he Just Wars and Moral Victories uses every verb and adjective that can even be remotely related to a cow then proceeds to contradict himself as he does often just to put in words negate the meaning of the word immidiately preceeding it then relate it to sex and subjugation the human and bovine the highly differentiated and the all but Two Paradigms for Divine Healing undifferentiated to live not merely to endure but to live to go on taking feeding milking acknowleging wholeharetedly the enigma that it is the pointless meaningfulness of living all was recorded as real by tens of thousands of minute impressions The sensory fullness the copiousness the abundant superabundant detail of life which is the rhapsodyBULLSHIT Pointless meaninfullness Full copious abundantand then we needed superabundant as if his point in Kenget e Milosaos unclear Well his point is Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) unclear This is the rhapsody What rhapsody I dont know if he s trying to show off or insult me like I dont know what the first three mean or maybe I have to read it three oh wait no 4 times to get the point What is this a 9th grad vocab test You re kidding righthow about this crapStunned by how little he d gotten over her and she d gotten over him he walked away At Europes Borders understanding as outside his reading in classical Greek drama he d never had to We are the Ship understand before how easily a life can be one thing rather than another and how accidentally a destiny is made on the other hand how accidental fate may seem when things can never turn out other than they do That is he walked away Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang understanding nothing knowing he could Studies on Steinschneider understand nothing though with the illusion that he WOULD have metaphysically Fantasies of Cross-Dressing understood somthing of emormous importance about the stubborn determination of his to become his own man if only such things were Commanders Little Surprise understandableI m pretty sure in this case the author meant to convey the character s confusion but I m too confused to say for sure The author is so obnoxios he regularly references characters from Euripides by name only do you know anyone familiar with the characters of Euripides ancient greek plays How about Aschenback and Tadzio Herodotus How about some general concepts Most people know ethos pathos logos but how aboutThe difference between diegesis and mimesis He seems to be trying to satorize his characters in the book to make them seem obnoxious overeducated and socially innept secretly insecure which reuires they blather on dropping names and fancy words It works except that its not just one or two characters He does it constantly himself in the authors own narration as if his point wasnt already so obfuscated you have to go back through 2 pages six dashes a dozen commas a hanful of ellipses to find where the sentence begins and remember what he was talking about

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The Human Stain

Cándalo Lewinski Coleman Silk un viejo catedrático de una peueña universidad de Nueva Inglaterra se ve obligado a jubilarse cuando sus colegas lo acusan de racista Lo asombroso del dictamen es ue la verdad sobre Silk podría acallar hasta al más virulento de sus d. I read Roth s Goodbye Columbus and Portnoy s Complaint in college and loved them They were funny especially in depicting the lusts and lives of young men with literary flair But I didn t read him again for no particular reason until relatively recently Maybe it was something to do with my feeling tired of reading the same Roth main character book after book an aggressive male consumed by lust But then I happened to read the non fiction Patrimony about his relationship with his father and The Plot Against America a dark fantasy about a possible past where we choose a fascist dictator in the thirties instead of FDR and I thought maybe I d take a closer look at his work again And now having completed his Nathan Zuckerman trilogy beginning with the much acknowledged masterpiece American Pastoral which I loved and I Married a Communist which I also came to like very much I see the greatness of this trilogy which like the Plot Against America has to do with its attention to the sweep of twentieth century American history with some central social issues of each period examined in the context of often deeply flawed characters It s also about Roth s use of language at once visceral and muscular and startlingly honest in places and often than not lyrical at the same time And talk All the characters talk or think like they re talking in grand sometimes manic fashion Epic verbal sparring and reflectionThe Human Stain took its time for me to warm up to but grew on me and then ended with me shouting hurrah as it concluded It s the story of three interlocking tragic stories New England Athena College Classics professor and Dean Coleman Silk who is forced out of his job at age 69 for supposed racist comments about two students his 34 year old girlfriend Faunia Farley whom he takes up with after his wife dies of complications from a stroke and her ex a PTSD riddled Vietnam vet each of them finally at least somewhat understandable if not completely sympathetic but morally culpable and doomed by their own terrible mistakes It s primarily the story of Silk and his secrets and lies but especially of one central secret which led to terrible mistakes he made in the context of America s racial past and present The legacies of racism and war and shame are at the heart of this book how you can never really get free of them You do some bad things and you pay and pay for them no matter what good you may doThe inciting impulse for the novel set in 1998 but only part of its motivation finally is the Clinton Impeachment trial and on one level the book is an examination of all that sexual sanctimony through the lens of secrets and lies and the rest of us speculating about all public scandals as most of us typically do Are they really doing it What positions do they use Who s using whom Should we impeach a guy for that We all watched what I and my friends thought then were ludicrous proceedings the end of the sexual revolution being televised with all these hypocrites pointing fingers at him so we wouldn t point at them It was the summer in America when the nausea returned when the joking didn t stop when the speculation and the theorizing and the hyperbole didn t stop Roth on the Clinton impeachment trial which became of national interest but also on Silk s affair with Faunia which becomes a small town scandal that same summerThis book can make you uncomfortable When Zuckerman and Silk joke crudely about the Clinton Lewinsky affair it s funny but there are no filters here No filters either when the damaged and abusive Farley threatens to explode about the draft dodger slick Willie getting off free when so many Vets died in the jungle so he could get what he got from than just Monica Lewinsky These are all deeply flawed screwed up people but they are never uninteresting The two men Silk and Fawley are driven by rage by hatred for what has happened to them Silk is pushed out of his position on the faculty because of something he said that people mistakenly assume is racist and during this period his wife has a stroke and dies so he is enraged about all that Fawley is angry and bitter about his experiences in Nam but The danger with hatred is once you start in on it you get a hundred times than you bargained for Once you start you can t stop RothThis book is not just about gossip about who s doing what to whom sexually though It s also about racial secrets Does that white guy look a little bit black Could he be passing for white If so what are we going to do about that Because we need these classifications for some reason it seems And what if you were technically black but looked white would you choose to say you were black to be true to that legacy or would you say you were white so you could easily achieve the American Dream You read this novel in part about race through the lens of an Obama birther story the light skinned Kamala Harris the Native American controversy around Elizabeth Warren and so on The continuing national obsession with race and colorWhen I was done I thought that Zuckerman was to Silk as Nick Carraway is to Gatsby albeit a cruder visceral NickGatsby combo Here Zuckerman speaks of what he imagines to be Silk s goal To become a new being To bifurcate The drama that underlies America s story the high drama that is upping and leaving and the energy and cruelty that rapturous drive demands Sounds a little like Gatsby rightThe stories we read of Silk and Faunia and Fawley are stories told by writer Zuckerman so we meta fictionally reflect through the telling on the way any novelist s imagination can work its magic But Zuckerman makes it clear that neither the novelist nor any of his readers when we are done with this story will have any really deep insights into human nature beyond this There is truth and then again there is truth For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they ve got you or your neighbor figured out there really is no bottom to what is not known The truth about us is endless As are the lies RothZuckerman and Roth as novelists are not preachers they are not social scientists they only have their imaginations and hunches they can describe these fascinating screwed up people and they can hypothesize but they make it clear we re all unknowable at some deep level Even when he finds out all he can know to inform his telling of Silk s story the novel he writes The Human Stain Zuckerman says Now that I know everything it was though I knew nothing RothWe look at others we look at the world and what we are left with is mystery or a set of them but a sense too of being highly entertained having achieved a level of intensity that euals any of the other great Roth novels I highly recommend this book You don t need to need to have read the first two to read this one but the whole trilogy is great if you want to put it on your tbr list Two Paradigms for Divine Healing un viejo catedrático de Kenget e Milosaos una peueña Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) universidad de Nueva Inglaterra se ve obligado a jubilarse cuando sus colegas lo acusan de racista Lo asombroso del dictamen es At Europes Borders ue la verdad sobre Silk podría acallar hasta al más virulento de sus d. I read Roth s Goodbye Columbus and Portnoy s Complaint in college and loved them They were funny especially in depicting the lusts and lives of young men with literary flair But I didn t read him again for no particular reason We are the Ship until relatively recently Maybe it was something to do with my feeling tired of reading the same Roth main character book after book an aggressive male consumed by lust But then I happened to read the non fiction Patrimony about his relationship with his father and The Plot Against America a dark fantasy about a possible past where we choose a fascist dictator in the thirties instead of FDR and I thought maybe I d take a closer look at his work again And now having completed his Nathan Zuckerman trilogy beginning with the much acknowledged masterpiece American Pastoral which I loved and I Married a Communist which I also came to like very much I see the greatness of this trilogy which like the Plot Against America has to do with its attention to the sweep of twentieth century American history with some central social issues of each period examined in the context of often deeply flawed characters It s also about Roth s Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang use of language at once visceral and muscular and startlingly honest in places and often than not lyrical at the same time And talk All the characters talk or think like they re talking in grand sometimes manic fashion Epic verbal sparring and reflectionThe Human Stain took its time for me to warm Studies on Steinschneider up to but grew on me and then ended with me shouting hurrah as it concluded It s the story of three interlocking tragic stories New England Athena College Classics professor and Dean Coleman Silk who is forced out of his job at age 69 for supposed racist comments about two students his 34 year old girlfriend Faunia Farley whom he takes Fantasies of Cross-Dressing up with after his wife dies of complications from a stroke and her ex a PTSD riddled Vietnam vet each of them finally at least somewhat Commanders Little Surprise understandable if not completely sympathetic but morally culpable and doomed by their own terrible mistakes It s primarily the story of Silk and his secrets and lies but especially of one central secret which led to terrible mistakes he made in the context of America s racial past and present The legacies of racism and war and shame are at the heart of this book how you can never really get free of them You do some bad things and you pay and pay for them no matter what good you may doThe inciting impulse for the novel set in 1998 but only part of its motivation finally is the Clinton Impeachment trial and on one level the book is an examination of all that sexual sanctimony through the lens of secrets and lies and the rest of The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 us speculating about all public scandals as most of Come Hell or High Water us typically do Are they really doing it What positions do they Selim III, Social Control and Policing in Istanbul at the End of the Eighteenth Century use Who s Propaganda Performed using whom Should we impeach a guy for that We all watched what I and my friends thought then were ludicrous proceedings the end of the sexual revolution being televised with all these hypocrites pointing fingers at him so we wouldn t point at them It was the summer in America when the nausea returned when the joking didn t stop when the speculation and the theorizing and the hyperbole didn t stop Roth on the Clinton impeachment trial which became of national interest but also on Silk s affair with Faunia which becomes a small town scandal that same summerThis book can make you Hinterlands and Commodities uncomfortable When Zuckerman and Silk joke crudely about the Clinton Lewinsky affair it s funny but there are no filters here No filters either when the damaged and abusive Farley threatens to explode about the draft dodger slick Willie getting off free when so many Vets died in the jungle so he could get what he got from than just Monica Lewinsky These are all deeply flawed screwed Untold Secrets of Planet Earth up people but they are never Apocalyptic Cartography uninteresting The two men Silk and Fawley are driven by rage by hatred for what has happened to them Silk is pushed out of his position on the faculty because of something he said that people mistakenly assume is racist and during this period his wife has a stroke and dies so he is enraged about all that Fawley is angry and bitter about his experiences in Nam but The danger with hatred is once you start in on it you get a hundred times than you bargained for Once you start you can t stop RothThis book is not just about gossip about who s doing what to whom sexually though It s also about racial secrets Does that white guy look a little bit black Could he be passing for white If so what are we going to do about that Because we need these classifications for some reason it seems And what if you were technically black but looked white would you choose to say you were black to be true to that legacy or would you say you were white so you could easily achieve the American Dream You read this novel in part about race through the lens of an Obama birther story the light skinned Kamala Harris the Native American controversy around Elizabeth Warren and so on The continuing national obsession with race and colorWhen I was done I thought that Zuckerman was to Silk as Nick Carraway is to Gatsby albeit a cruder visceral NickGatsby combo Here Zuckerman speaks of what he imagines to be Silk s goal To become a new being To bifurcate The drama that Doubts on Avicenna underlies America s story the high drama that is Uninvited upping and leaving and the energy and cruelty that rapturous drive demands Sounds a little like Gatsby rightThe stories we read of Silk and Faunia and Fawley are stories told by writer Zuckerman so we meta fictionally reflect through the telling on the way any novelist s imagination can work its magic But Zuckerman makes it clear that neither the novelist nor any of his readers when we are done with this story will have any really deep insights into human nature beyond this There is truth and then again there is truth For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they ve got you or your neighbor figured out there really is no bottom to what is not known The truth about CaddyGirls us is endless As are the lies RothZuckerman and Roth as novelists are not preachers they are not social scientists they only have their imaginations and hunches they can describe these fascinating screwed Chris (Ties of Passion, up people and they can hypothesize but they make it clear we re all The Matchmakers Apprentice unknowable at some deep level Even when he finds out all he can know to inform his telling of Silk s story the novel he writes The Human Stain Zuckerman says Now that I know everything it was though I knew nothing RothWe look at others we look at the world and what we are left with is mystery or a set of them but a sense too of being highly entertained having achieved a level of intensity that euals any of the other great Roth novels I highly recommend this book You don t need to need to have read the first two to read this one but the whole trilogy is great if you want to put it on your tbr list

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«Una maravillosa historia donde coexisten el coraje y la decadencia la mentira y el pundonor la necesidad y el fracaso» José María Guelbenzu BabeliaEn el verano de 1998 el doble azote del puritanismo y la corrección política recorre Estados Unidos a causa del es. All he d ever wanted from earliest childhood on as to be free not black not even white just on his own and free He meant no insult to no one by his choice nor was he trying to irritate anyone whom he took to be his superior nor was he staging some sort of protest against his race or hers He recognized that to conventional people for whom everything was ready made and rigidly unalterable what he was doing would never look correct But to dare to be nothing than correct had never been his aim The objective was for his fate to be determined not by the ignorant hate filled intentions of a hostile world but to whatever degree humanly possible by his own resolve Why accept a life on any other terms Coleman Silk went into the Navy as a Caucasian because his pigment allowed him to do so After a perceptive whore they are bona fide experts on the male anatomy in a brothel noticed something about his physiue that gave him away as black he was hurled from the establishment His girlfriend in college who thought he was white met his parents only to learn differently She after a moment of hysterics dumped him It wasn t hard to understand that life provided opportunities if the world perceived him as white The timely death of his father who would have put a kibosh on the whole thing gave him the freedom to choose His mother his brother and his sister were simply people that had to be carefully cut out of his life You don t have to murder your father The world will do that for you There are plenty of forces out to get your father The world will take care of him as it had indeed taken care of Mr Silk Silk married and landed a job at Athena College He advanced to the position of Dean of Faculty He was respected but as happens with most successful people he made enemies He also along the way had four kids which is four times that he was sitting in a waiting room offering up prayers to whatever deity would hear them with his fingers toes and everything else crossed hoping the baby would bewhite He dodged every bullet but as some wise man said there is always a bullet with your name on it Maybe it was just that he was old and didn t move as fast as he used to but the bullet that caught him and cost him his job was bordering on ridiculous Where was the man that intimidated his kids with words The father who never lost his temper The father who had another way to beating you down With words With speech With what he called the language of Chaucer Shakespeare and Dickens With the English language that no one could ever take away from you and that Mr Silk richly sounded always with great fullness and clarity and bravado as though even in ordinary conversation he were reciting Marc Antony s speech over the body of Caesar I don t think he took it seriously How could anyone He was calling roll call for a class and noticed that two people were gone again and had been gone since the beginning of the uarter Does anyone know these people Do they exist or are they spooks They were both black students Silk is charged with racism and dismissed I ve never really understood the derogatory connotations of using the word Spook in regard to a black person Wouldn t it make sense for black people to call white people spooks I believe the term came into usage as a way to scare white children a ghost that would get them who had never seen a black person Regardless it does exist and any reasonable well educated person knows the word as a derogatory term when referring to people of color The problem with this charge of racism is intent If Silk had known the students were black would he have used the term To me it was just a moment of levity out of frustration about students that weren t attending class The problem is when your life is words you must select them carefully The irony of course is that he can t reveal his most important secret even for the defense of his career Although that does beg the uestion can t a black person make a racist comment against another black person It can get rather confusion about who is capable of being guilty of what especially when race is indeterminate Silk s wife dies and he believes the scandal killed her He goes off the rails accusing practically everyone he knows as being part of a grand conspiracy against him I sympathize because most of the time I feel the same way but I know they will slap a strait jacket on me and throw me into the nearest rubber room if I give them proper opportunity He actually finds a much fun way to put the final nail in the coffin of his reputation He seventy two starts having sex with a thirty four year old illiterate janitor and part time milk maid at the local dairy He reuires the help of the miracle drug of the 20th century Thanks to Viagra I ve come to understand Zeus s amorous transformations That s what they should have called Viagra They should have called it Zeus Silk is falling in love with Faunia but she sets him straight He d said to her This is than sex and flatly she replied no it s not You just forgot what sex is This is sex All by itself Don t fuck it up by pretending it s something else All is going well well that s not true His kids are not speaking to him and he is receiving rebuking letters from his former colleagues most by the way who he had hired as Dean of Faculty His biggest problem is Fauna s ex husband Les Farley a Vietnam vet who is as stable as nitroglycerin He is less than thrilled that his ex wife is blowing a seventy two year old man The war warped him in a way that can never be planed straight After the government trained him to be a killer and allowed him to embrace all his worst impulses by giving him the authority to shoot anything that moves with a machine gun from a helicopter they gave him two hundred dollars and a pat on the back for his service to his country See ya Les Good luck back in the real world Back in the real world he can t eat at a Chinese restaurant without wanting to kill the waiter This story is set against the backdrop of the Clinton impeachment and Roth is able to worm into the text the opinions of various people about Slick Willie and Monica Lewinsky Silk s own perceived indiscretion becomes magnified for the community already reeling from a President who nearly went down because the Essence of Bill was discovered on a navy blue dress At thirty four Fauna had been around the block a few times For anyone to think that Silk was taking advantage of her was ludicrous At what age does someone pass over the barrier of being able to be taken advantage of by someone older than themselves Aren t people close in age as capable of taking advantage whatever that entails as someone twenty thirty forty years older There are so many great discussion points in this book You might even find the needle has moved on something you think of as a core belief I m always uestioning why I believe something and books like this put hockey puck ideas in my mind that bounce carom and sometimes hit the net proving that 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10 thoughts on “The Human Stain

  1. says:

    ”All he’d ever wanted from earliest childhood on as to be free not black not even white just on his own and free He meant no insult to no one by his choice nor was he trying to irritate anyone whom he took to be his superior nor was he staging some sort of protest against his race or hers He recognized that to conventional peopl

  2. says:

    Here's what I know if a book features some old dude fucking some younger lady check the author's age 100% of the t

  3. says:

    See I was an enormous fan of the Tony Hopkins Nicky Kidman film already But incredibly that adapatation was just the tip of an iceburg so rich complex incredible that is Philip Roth's masterpiece The Human Stain The film fai

  4. says:

    Hey Roth I know you have a great vocabularyJust tell me a damn story Let me explain I just read a very positive review of this book stating that Roth has such an expansive vocabulary and every word seems painstakingly chosen etc That is exactly what I hate about this book A narrative is supposed to flow not make you resolve to study

  5. says:

    Shaming Censors of Academic Speech A Pox on the PC PoliceMy favorite Roth novel I will miss the lusty old tale hound “I'm very depressed how in this country you can be told 'That's offensive' as though those two words constitute an argument

  6. says:

    I read Roth’s Goodbye Columbus and Portnoy’s Complaint in college and loved them They were funny especially in depicting the lusts and lives of young men with literary flair But I didn’t read him again for no particula

  7. says:

    Philip Roth dealing with serious topics at this noveldiscrimination shame identity and judging othersthe human between the t

  8. says:

    The author sums it up perfectly on page 81You area a verbal master of extroadinary louatiousnessP Roth So Perspicatios So fluent A vocal master of the endless ostentatious overelaborate sentenceYup This book is the Jackson Pollock of our literary time Just spatter everything all over the page and call it art Roth goes on and on by using every single adjective he ever learned in his SAT class in a row then compl

  9. says:

    A masterfully architected tale about race shame violence and remembrance The Human Stain is definitely one of Roth's masterpieces From its first pages the reader is drawn into the mystery of Coleman Silky Silk né Silkzweig and his tragic downfall The characters here are vibrant and real the descriptions terrifying at times but always captiv

  10. says:

    “The danger with hatred is once you start in on it you get a hundred times than you bargained for Once you start you can't stop” ― Philip Roth The Human StainReading Roth is almost a spooky sexual experience I say that knowing this will sound absurd trite and probably hyperbolic But with Roth his words are imbued with an almost carnal power a spectral courage energy and life IT is like watching an absurdly talented musician do thing

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