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Roth's "Nemesis" is the story of a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a closely knit, family-oriented Newark community and its children.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 9780547318356
Branch Call Number: Fiction Rot
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 20 cm


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LPL_MattS Apr 11, 2018

If you could only read three of Philip Roth's books, I'd recommend Goodbye, Columbus, American Pastoral, and Nemesis. This was his final novel before retiring from writing fiction altogether, and does a good job expressing many of the topics and themes present in his previous twenty-nine book. It's also far, far less self-absorbed than some of his other novels, which is always refreshing (relatively speaking - the novel still takes place in Newark, is about a Jewish community, etc., but some of his other novels are about Nathan Zuckerberg - a clear stand-in for Roth, Philip Roth himself, and in one novel, Operation Shylock, there are actually two Philip Roths).

Jane60201 Apr 11, 2014

Not Roth's best in my opinion. A fast read but not that rewarding.

Jan 29, 2013

Roth is an excellent writer and this book demonstrates it clearly. Polio is the antagonist (the Nemesis) and one young man has to deal with how it is effecting his life and those around him. Unlike Portnoys Complaint, this novel has no humor whatsoever, but is what I consider a very good read.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

The 1944 polio outbreak is the backdrop for a tragic fall.

Roth returns to Newark in this story of how a young man, rejected by the Army, copes with the 1944 polio epidemic that ravaged New Jersey during Roth’s own childhood.


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