NemesisFRICKIN FANTASTIC If I could pick one author to study read and discuss his books in a College University class it would be Philip Roth.He gets to me Always..and Nemesis is a gem Rather than add anything else to the already wonderful other 5 star reviews that several people also gave this book.I ll just say I think Roth is one of our very best contemporary American writers we ve got Love how this guys brain works A further reading of a book that has stayed with me I d go as far as to say it s one of the five most memorable books I ve read A sympathetic and sometimes unsettling account set at a time of suspicion and suffering The reflection on human nature both good and bad has the ring of complete truth about it It s easy to believe that the conversations and events depicted here actually happened It s both a sad tale and an uplifting one It s a book that creates in the reader the need for reflection, to ponder on the the messages the story carries.A good book No, in my opinion it s a great book One I ll return to again, for sure Roth s books are usually dark, unsettling, argumentative, challenging, sexually explicit, political well, you get the picture So not quite what you d necessarily reach for when you re spending your summer holiday lazing on a beach But if you ve had your fill of crime capers and mysteries and fancy something a littleserious then a ration of Roth might just do the trick This novel is set in Newark in the sweltering Summer of 1944, at the time of a polio epidemic It follows a young man who is not fighting in the war due to his poor eyesight and has instead become a school playground director His goal is to nurture and protect the young people in his charge and to show them the joys and benefits of sporting activity What transpires is told beautifully by the author, as we witness the story unfolding through the eyes of one the youngsters who is to become a victim of the outbreak It s a concise and spare tale but is none the worse for that It s a gripping story of compassion and dedication set against the backdrop of truly heartbreaking events It s a departure, I feel, for Roth gone is the anger and invective that permeates much of his work, replaced by subtlety and a deftness of touch I ve not seen from him before A wonderful read one not to be missed. The last of the eponymous tetralogy, Nemesis is the powerfully written tale of Bucky Cantor and the Newark polio crisis of 1944 Unable to go into the war like his friends primarily due to his poor eyesight, Bucky a natural athlete works as a gym teacher and playground director do those even exist any when the epidemic hits Newark hard As always Roth s prose is sublime, his humanity breathtaking, and his analysis sharp and precise Roth said that this would be his last book ever and I must admit that it is a great way to walk off the stage with a short but wonderful book like Nemesis.RIP 1933 2018 One of America s literary giants has left us. if i pie graphed all the wasted hours i ve spent arguing on this site, a sizable portion would be wedged out to old man roth he s one of those guys that really drives people batty call it a flaw, but i really really love those people who drive other people up the wall whether he s too ironic, too earnest, too jewish, too american, too classical, too postmodern, too stylized, not stylized enough, too white, too old, too liberal, too conservative, or that he s a misogynist, racist, sexist, self loathing anti semite, etc lotsa people have serious problems with the old bastard but like morrissey about the only thing they have in common , those who dig him really dig him and for those in this camp, i have 2 pieces of good news 1 in the opening pages of nemesis, in which your typical roth book divvies up the author s work into categories, there appears a new one SHORT NOVELS under this heading are his last few everyman, indignation, the humbling, nemesis i m hoping this signifies the end to one of the least interesting chapters in roth s oeuvre 2 of the four titles under this heading, nemesis is the best beyond its own merits, it s exciting as it shows roth climbing outta that old as fuck self pitying mode which has dragged down the pretty good everyman, the truly bad exit ghost, and the ugly the humbling here s hoping that his next book is one of those big bad complex panoramic novels that roth does better than just about any other living writer skimming the nytimes review for nemesis, i came across this bitHis characters sometimes get caught up in a kind of Socratic M bius strip, endlessly debating one another and themselves in a way that can verge on the tedious, but even then one cannot but marvel at his sheer energy, his unremitting investment in what Provocation Interrogation The feat of living This is not a nihilist This is a writer whose creative work lays bare the act of struggle yes yes yes in vain, i hunted for a lost thread in which mike reynolds another rothfan waxed poetic on roth s energy and anger anyone know where this is oh and here goes a totally irrelevant but very fun link to piss off monsieur watkins There s nobody less salvageable than a ruined good boy.The gnomic sentence above could have served as the epigraph to Roth s masterpiece American Pastoral, a novel to which this absolutely gorgeous and deeply troubling novelette is, I believe, a terrific B side Like Swede Levov in Pastoral, protagonist Bucky Cantor is an upstanding citizen of his mid 20th century Jewish New Jersey community, athletically gifted and respected by all and like Swede, Bucky finds himself thrown into the kind of personal crisis in which everything he thought he knew about himself, about the world, about God is violently cast into doubt, a crisis that leads to his undoing For Swede, the catalyst for such a crisis was an act of terrorism perpetrated by his daughter for Bucky it s a polio epidemic afflicting the children of Newark in the summer of 1944 In both books, Roth gazes unflinchingly at the effects of inexplicable horror s intrusion into the life of a decent, successful man But where Pastoral was a devastating sprawl, fussily obsessed with the internal minutiae of a soul in freefall, Nemesis is concentrated and broad, with a big ol narrative ellipsis between main story and epilogue That s why I called it a B side But the B side is its own art, and I couldn t ask for a better one than this.The nemesis of the title is God, as Bucky rails against the injustices of fate like the shipwrecked sailors in Stephen Crane s Naturalist classic The Open Boat , but it s also Bucky himself the cruel punchline of his tragedy, which makes it almost sadder than Swede Levov s tragedy, is that in ascribing permanent blame to himself for crimes of which no jury in the world would convict him, he actually becomes the agent of his own downfall, fulfills his own irrational prophecy The ellipsis, which seems to be bothering some readers here, amplifies the effect of this ironic revelation about Bucky to fill in the details of his life as they occurred rather than in a retrospective postscript would have been to bloat the book unnecessarily The writing throughout this book is as sharp as any previous Roth I ve read, but it s especially beautiful in the game changing epilogue and lyrical flashback coda, an inspired passage that could only have come from someone who s still one of our best writers Make no mistake as tempting as it is to make fun of him for his continuing solemn fixation on the verities of aging and mortality and the ridiculous sex of The Humbling, which I gave three stars but which now seems like execrable self parody , Roth can still write circles around your favorite novelist and Nemesis is so good that Roth himself should still be someone s favorite novelist You earned these five stars, you depressive old geezer I read this in a day it was Sunday Started at 9 in the morning weather unseasonably cool finished on the stroke of midnight I did stop to eat and breathe and watch a movie, but gulping down a short Roth was very invigorating This novel has a powerful grip for one so short, like an 80 year old grandmother who just won t let you go It s a tragic story of a polio epidemic in 1944 in Newark, New Jersey and I give it four big stars for its urgency, unusual subject and the fact that Philip Roth is NOT banging on about his old withered penis and its uncanny power over women one third his age That is good news for a reader like me who thinks that Mr Roth is a great writer when he s not boring us into a state of hyperaggravation about his shrivelled old member and its hypnotic properties However I did contemplate docking one star for the unhappy lapse into symbolism and crude theological discussions at the end, which went something like God is a complete bastard O Bucky, don t be so childish Hmph But then I thought no, give Mr Roth back his fourth star I like to like him, I m sorry I don t get the opportunityoften because of his hideous sexual problems And also, I appreciated, if that is the right word, which it isn t, the unspoken irony which hangs over the whole story like a leaking zeppelin, which is that this is a sad and touching tale of a handful of deaths in a particular Jewish community and how devastating they are, whilst off stage, over in Europe, under the cover of the war which is constantly referred to, entire Jewish millions were being slaughtered, entire communities, with no one left to be devastated, no one left at all. It wasn t great Roth, but I ve got to say almost any Roth is going to be pretty damn good This one focuses on a polio epidemic in 1944 It seems like late in Roth s writing career, after going on one of the greatest runs of 5 star literature ever, Roth spent a decade writing high little novellas that allowed him to explore delicate themes These books seem to me, the equivalent of Frank Lloyd Wright spending his last years working just on chairs and desks So, yes, pretty damn good, but in the end they just aren t the things that will be remembered about Roth They are his funky chairs, just not his holy houses. In three words I can sum up everything I ve learned about life it goes on Robert Frost The meaning of life is that it stops Franz KafkaIn Nemesis Eugene Bucky Cantor works as a recreation director at a park in Newark in 1944 Because he has bad vision he can t serve in WWII fighting Hitler, but his battlefield becomes the largest Polio epidemic in the US since 1916, also affecting many Jews Bucky is otherwise fit and strong and admirable, leaving his job for a similar one in the Poconos, becoming engaged, joining a family such as he has ever known his mother died giving birth to him, his father was out of the picture Everything seems perfect, until it isn t, in the war for millions, of course, but also including one of his friends or the war at home against polio, and in his own personal life.Nemesis is Philip Roth s last novel, published in 2010 at the age of 77, after which he took his retirement from writing novels He died this year Roth is largely a tough minded writer, so I can say it is pretty rare that I get misty eyed from his writing, but in the concluding image of the young Bucky Cantor throwing the javelin to the applause of the young boys who so admired him and his physical prowess, I ll admit I was moved Running with the javelin aloft, stretching his throwing arm behind his body, bringing the throwing arm through to release the javelin high over his shoulder and releasing it then like an explosion he seemed to us invincible Of course Bucky is not invincible he is not Superman, or a Greek god, but a mortal being like any of us, as all of his Nemeses books Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling, and Nemesis reveal, each main character enduring the truths of loss and regret But they also face hard realities with stoicism Suicide is a consideration in each of the four books, and sometimes minor or major characters choose that option in the face of the terrible But usually there s a kind of resolve, or pluck.In Everyman Just take it as it comes Hold your ground and take it as it comes There s no other way Or The Humbling Play the moment, play whatever plays for you in that moment, and then go to the next moment It doesn t matter where you re going Don t worry about that Just take it moment, moment, moment, moment What else do you have in the face of inevitable decline You hold on to craft, to good work, in the Nemeses books, something to hold up against any formidable nemesis The father butcher in Indignation in Everyman, the father jeweler and a gravedigger who speaks of his work and in The Humbling the craft of acting is the main character s work In Nemesis, the young sports director Bucky cares about sport swimming, throwing the javelin with perfect form then there is his future father in law who is a fine physician, very thoughtful and calm and knowledgeable in the face of the epidemic In the craftsman in each of these books we see the very image of the writer Roth, crafting to the end.Nemesis is a beautifully crafted and simple book, with a pretty narrow scope, involving a return to Newark to his Jewish community there, and what was for everyone at the time an incurable disease that created panic and loss and desolation Sometimes in the Nemeses books it s bad choices that lead to loss, as in Indignation the incomprehensible way one s most banal, incidental, even comical choices archive the most disproportionate result And sometimes it s chance Polio, the luck of the draw, one means to an inevitable end, a nemesis In each of the four stories a nemesis or enemy defeats the main character, though death is the central enemy, the invincible conqueror for each of them.In three of the books he evokes a central text in classic literature in Everyman it is the classic medieval morality tale Everyman in The Humbling it is Chekhov s The Seagull, and in Nemesis it is the classical story from Greek Mythology Nemesis was the goddess who enacted retribution against those who succumb to hubris Nemesis is also called Adrasteia, or the inescapable Or the inevitable, the invincible, as in death The polio epidemic is a sad tale, sure, but a good one I admire the way Bucky and Roth handle their nemeses, with grace and dignity.1 Everyman completed August 3, 2018 Indignation completed July 30, 2018 The Humbling completed August 9, 2018 Nemesis completed August 22, 2018 I have been thinking about what makes some books stay in my memory even long after I returned them to a library in a town from which I moved away some ten years ago And why others just fade away to the extent that I could possibly read them again without ever recognising that I have actually met the characters before Or to the extent that I buy a new copy because I have forgotten I own one already Philip Roth s Nemesis is one of those books I remember with force after ten years, and I know why as well The topic is heartbreaking, and very realistic a polio epidemic in the 1940s, and how it affects the characters over the course of their lives As such, it is nothing out of the ordinary, just well written, good, vintage Philip Roth But when I come to the last page, the book closes the circle of the story with yes a memory of the main character from before the the epidemic, and it evokes this picture in me of all the hopes, dreams, ideas we have when we are young, when our life is still a novel to be written by us, and we imagine it to be a heroic tale with a happy beginning, middle and end although we don t think of the end, of course, and of the fact that the novel would be outrageously bad, from a literary standpoint.The main character s early memory, dating before the tragedy unfolds, is of powerful vitality, and it emphasises the impact of the main theme of the later plot, both physical and mental loss It is so incredibly sad to read about the young person the main character remembers, and to imagine what comes afterwards, his failure to cope with the realities of life, his Nemesis, as the title of the novel indicates, referring to ancient Greek drama, where heroes were first put on stage to act out our ideal of a perfect life In fact, that very last sentence of the book hasthan one reference to ancient Greek idealism, as it shows the Olympic, athletic act of throwing a javelin, carried out by a body not yet destroyed by polio It demonstrates the treacherous belief in humankind s perfectibility that so often is followed by Nemesis entrance on the stage Running with the javelin aloft, stretching his throwing arm back behind his body, bringing the throwing arm through to release the javelin high over his shoulder and releasing it then like an explosion he seemed to us invincible The novel closes on that word invincible a sad counterweight to the story of defeat.Invincible, invincible, invincible that is what made me remember this novel so clearly It is like the slave standing behind the almighty emperor whispering Memento mori And yet, the memory of that moment of invincibility is beautiful And it made the novel memorable as well The power of words to conjure up dreams In The Stifling Heat Of Equatorial Newark, A Terrifying Epidemic Is Raging, Threatening The Children Of The New Jersey City With Maiming, Paralysis, Lifelong Disability, And Even Death This Is The Startling Theme Of Philip Roth S Wrenching New Book A Wartime Polio Epidemic In The Summer OfAnd The Effect It Has On A Closely Knit, Family Oriented Newark Community And Its Children At The Center Of Nemesis Is A Vigorous, Dutiful Twenty Three Year Old Playground Director, Bucky Cantor, A Javelin Thrower And Weightlifter, Who Is Devoted To His Charges And Disappointed With Himself Because His Weak Eyes Have Excluded Him From Serving In The War Alongside His Contemporaries Focusing On Cantor S Dilemmas As Polio Begins To Ravage His Playground And On The Everyday Realities He Faces Roth Leads Us Through Every Inch Of Emotion Such A Pestilence Can Breed The Fear, The Panic, The Anger, The Bewilderment, The Suffering, And The Pain Moving Between The Smoldering, Malodorous Streets Of Besieged Newark And Indian Hill, A Pristine Children S Summer Camp High In The Poconos Whose Mountain Air Was Purified Of All Contaminants Roth Depicts A Decent, Energetic Man With The Best Intentions Struggling In His Own Private War Against The Epidemic Roth Is Tenderly Exact At Every Point About Cantor S Passage Into Personal Disaster, And No Less Exact About The Condition Of Childhood Through This Story Runs The Dark Questions That Haunt All Four Of Roth S Late Short Novels, Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling, And Now NemesisWhat Kind Of Accidental Choices Fatally Shape A Life How Does The Individual Withstand The Onslaught Of Circumstance

Philip Milton Roth was an American novelist He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus winner of 1960 s National Book Award , cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy s Complaint, and has continued to write critically acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and in

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