The Humbling

The Humbling

eBook - 2009
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Everything is over for Simon Axler, an American stage actor in his sixties, who lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance.When he goes onstage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away. Into this shattering account of inexplicable and terrifying self-evacuation bursts a counterplot of unusual erotic desire, a consolation for a bereft life so risky and aberrant that it points not toward comfort and gratification but to a yet darker and more shocking end.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780143173069
0143173065
Characteristics: 1 online resource (140 p.)

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LPL_MattS Apr 11, 2018

Philip Roth has written far better novels than this - I'd particularly recommend Goodbye, Columbus, American Pastoral, and Nemesis.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

Surely Roth is capable of much better. He needs to get away from his self-referential elderly male protagonists living out sexual and narcissistic fantasies.

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