A Diving Rock on the Hudson by Henry Roth
A Novel (Mercy of a Rude Stream)

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“Mercy of a Rude Stream” is something of a shaggy beast; at 1,300 pages, it lacks the shapeliness, the arc of “Call It Sleep,” sprawling across episodes and decades instead. And yet, it is a testament, a moral victory, an example of how literature can save us...
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Set in New York, Ira Stigman's life is dominated by his issues of friendship, achievement, money and above all, sex. While his friends seem paragons, his own inner landscape is a turmoil of self-loathing and guilt, born of a dark, corrosive secret.
 

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Henry Roth died on October 13, 1995. His extraordinary literary legacy includes the classic Call It Sleep and six volumes of Mercy of a Rude Stream, all completed before his death. A Diving Rock on the Hudson is the second volume in this series and follows A Star Shines over Mr. Morris Park, also published by Picador. While still alive, Roth recieved two honorary doctorates, one from the University of New Mexico and one from the Hebrew Theological Institute in Cincinnati. Posthumously, he was honored by Hadassah Magazine with a special Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Distinguished Literary Achievement. He was also given a special honor by the Museum of the City of New York.
 
Published March 16, 1995 by Trafalgar Square. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Aug 13 2014

“Mercy of a Rude Stream” is something of a shaggy beast; at 1,300 pages, it lacks the shapeliness, the arc of “Call It Sleep,” sprawling across episodes and decades instead. And yet, it is a testament, a moral victory, an example of how literature can save us...

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