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Everyman, by Philip Roth

Posted by austinburns on June 1, 2006

Ok, so I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been trying to find it's meaning. So far, I haven't been very lucky. I read it because Slate's podcast is going to be discussing it later this month. It starts out at the main character's funeral, so you know he's dead from the get-go. The book meanders through his life, where he was married and divorced three times. Only one out of his three kids talks to him. He cheated on every wife he had. He alienated his brother. He didn't have very many redeeming qualities.

Am I supposed to learn from this story? Is this a cautionary tale? He didn't seem very sorry for any of his actions. He did what he did, and he couldn't change it after the fact. The only redeeming part of this book was that it was only 180 pages or so.

I'm sorry to say I can't recommend this.



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