Philip Roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, this memoir about love, survival and memory is one of his most intimate books, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous. Patrimony is Roth’s elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess.
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The only respites from this harrowing procession of bodily disasters--including diminished eyesight and incontinence--are flashbacks that provide fascinating glimpses into American Jewish life in the first half of this century--as well as into Roth pÃ¨re, a blunt perfectionist who sometimes drove...| Read Full Review of Patrimony : A True Story
Roth has set himself the task of recovering his father's essential dignity from the indignities inflicted by the illness, and he succeeds because the rude virtue he attributes to Herman Roth is also the virtue of the book: a ''pitilessly realistic determination.'' The phrase comes up ...Jan 18 1991 | Read Full Review of Patrimony : A True Story
'Good,' my father tells him—'now don't go out and spend it on crap.' " But, as Roth makes clear in this marvelous book, Herman was also a faithful, loving husband and proud father who gave his writer son the most valuable gift: "He taught me the vernacular.Feb 25 1991 | Read Full Review of Patrimony : A True Story
‘Fate,’ Roth writes towards the end of Patrimony, ‘had given me a fiercely loyal and devoted father who had never found a thing in my books to criticise.’ As the story of his father’s death, Patrimony is the first of Roth’s books that his father would never read.| Read Full Review of Patrimony : A True Story
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