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Author: Philip Roth
In the "stifling heat of equatorial Newark," a terrifying epidemic is raging, threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maiming, paralysis, life-long disability, and even death. This is the startling and surprising theme of Roth's wrenching new book: a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a closely kni...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780547318356
ISBN-10: 0547318359
Publication Date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Philip Roths Nemesis appears on the most recent edition of 1001 books you must read before you die, but it reads like an old-fashioned story. The narrator keeps a respectful distance as he relates the story of Mr. Cantor, the young Newark, New Jersey playground director whose life is forever altered by a polio outbreak during the scorching summer of 1944. The rich, lyrical prose in this small hardcover edition makes the story flow and strikes some strong emotional chords towards the end. The story makes the reader think about what the title refers to: a frightening disease with no rhyme, reason, or cure? a God that allows profound suffering to exist? or a deeply held, dysfunctional set of beliefs, values, or emotions? Evoking a bygone era, Nemesis was a worthwhile read for me, but some might find this intense character study a bit slow and bland.


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