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An American Type (2010)

– tekijä: Henry Roth

Sarjat: Ira Stigman (5)

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Set in the dire year of 1938, Ira Stigman journeys to the famed artists' colony Yaddo, where he meets a blond, aristocratic pianist whose "calm, Anglo-Saxon radiance" engages him.The conflict with his ghetto Jewish roots forces Ira to set out on an illusionary quest for the promise of the American West.… (lisätietoja)
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    When She Was Good (tekijä: Philip Roth) (Anonyymi käyttäjä)
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Though not of the caliber of his masterpieces, Roth still manages to sting and resonate post mortem. The painful part is that even his unfinished, unintended work is worth reading. ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
I started my love affair with Henry Roth like most folks...by finding a tattered old copy of Call It Sleep. Over the last 25 years, I've grown up with David/Ira and learned about life, pain, and the struggle for authenticity while witnessing Roth's re-opening as a writer. ( )
  JerryColonna | Nov 12, 2011 |
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AN AMERICAN TYPE by Henry Roth

Having grown up in a Jewish family and seeing the 1964 paperback edition of CALL IT SLEEP prominently displayed I have a long deep appreciation for Henry Roth as a writer and depicter of the Jewish experience in New York City and America That Call It Sleep is a masterpiece is a well accepted fact. THe story of David Schearl is one that remains in memory and thoughts long after one has read the book.

Unfortunately this latest, posthumously edited and published book, entitled An American Type is a great disappointment to this reader. I approached this book with genuine interest and great anticipation and was sadly disappointed that it lacked the deep, rich layering and characters that appeared in Roth’s earlier masterpiece.

This book tells the story (autobiographical) of a young novelist trying to make it with a second book or by driving to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He falls in love with a pianist at the famous Yaddo artists retreat in upstate NY and decides to leave the nurturing guidance of his older lover who helped guide him to his earlier success.
This could be a good metaphor for this book. Roth’s words are dull and the story is ultimately boring. Perhaps it is time to end the quest for his 2nd masterpiece and to celebrate the marvelous Call It Sleep in its own right. ( )
1 ääni berthirsch | Aug 16, 2010 |
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Sometimes, a book looks good on the shelf. You get it home and plow through it, stopping only to relieve yourself. An American Type is not that book. It looked great on the LTER page, but turned out to be a big bore of book. I finally abandoned the thing after a few months of picking it up and down. ( )
  Beezie | Aug 5, 2010 |
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Ira Stigman is near the end of his life. His wife has recently died. Naturally, he finds himself in a mood to reflect on the past, particularly the time when he met his wife-- “M”--and was trying to “find himself” on a tiresome, navel-gazing cross-country quest. That time was during the Great Depression and the beginning of the Nazi era in Germany. Ira was a Jew who did not practice his religion, a Communist who seemed to lack any commitment to the cause, a writer who didn’t write. In fact, he seemed to have no passion for anything, including the women in his life, who could steer him around, but never really led him anywhere. There is little to like about this character and not much to capture this reader’s interest in his tale. Perhaps a familiarity with other Roth novels would have helped. Perhaps if Roth had lived to finalize this story himself, rather than leaving it to a posthumous editor to turn “batch 2” of an enormous manuscript into a novel, there might have been more zest to it. The essence of my reaction to Ira and to An American Type was well-expressed by the author himself, in the form of a letter to Ira from his lover/benefactress Edith after he left her in New York to drive to California with a comrade: “You are first and foremost a completely self-engrossed individualist, to whom communism, the proletariat, or your friends and intimates have meant nothing, except what you could feed on. You have no emotional imagination about anyone on earth but yourself…I’m very tired of your rationalizations based on society, or your own pain, or your need to grow to maturity.” Atta girl, Edith. But I wouldn’t have enclosed that check. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Jun 28, 2010 |
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All this reshaping was skillfully done—Davidson wields a sharper scalpel than the editor of Mercy did, and the prose in An American Type reads more cleanly as a result—and yet this volume raises anew the questions that, 15 years after Roth's death, are starting to become urgent: Do Roth's confessions have an internal integrity that is getting lost as pieces continue to be sliced off and honed and brought out as "novels" and "stories"?
 

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Set in the dire year of 1938, Ira Stigman journeys to the famed artists' colony Yaddo, where he meets a blond, aristocratic pianist whose "calm, Anglo-Saxon radiance" engages him.The conflict with his ghetto Jewish roots forces Ira to set out on an illusionary quest for the promise of the American West.

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