Patrimony by Philip Roth audiobook

Patrimony: A True Story

By Philip Roth
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Blackstone Publishing 9780679752936
5.71 Hours Unabridged
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Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old father—famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections—battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long, stubborn engagement with life. Philip Roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, this memoir about love, survival, and memory is one of his most intimate books, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous. Patrimony is Roth’s elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess.

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Summary

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

New York Times bestseller

A Literary Hub Pick of Powerful Books to Read on Father's Day

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old father—famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections—battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father’s long, stubborn engagement with life.

Philip Roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, this memoir about love, survival, and memory is one of his most intimate books, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous. Patrimony is Roth’s elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In a cunningly straightforward way, Patrimony tells one of the central true stories many Americans share nowadays…Such telling is a marvel of artful wit and vigor…It is the triumphant art of the literal…The gloriously pragmatic, unpredictable genius of Philip Roth’s narrative gifts.” New York Times Book Review
“A deeply resonant portrait of a father and son…Roth has looked past all comfort and condolence to find the truth—about himself and his father; about death and the fear of it; and about the absolute vulnerability to which love condemns us all.” Chicago Tribune
“A tough-minded, beautifully written memoir…It smacks of honesty and truthfulness on every page.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Even before Philip has his own terrifying brush with death in an emergency quintuple bypass operation, he realizes that his father taught and embodied ‘the vernacular, unpoetic and unexpressive and point-blank, with all the vernacular’s glaring limitations and all its durable force.’ An elegy of overwhelming horror and pity—filled with Roth’s graceful prose and narrative control, but also with a humanity sometimes missing in his other work.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Here is Roth…at his most humane as he pens a kaddish to his recently deceased father, Herman.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 12/1/2017
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Mr. Roth delivers this somewhat short book with his very special way of writing; personal and honest. Here, the narrator has shared a most personal story of Philip’s elderly father’s last days, suffering from a brain tumor. Rather than sinking into sentimentality and nostalgia like many other writers would be prone to do, Mr. Roth gives a matter-of-fact picture of his relationship with his father and the poignant and heart retching memories of revelations and realizations he had heretofore perhaps not given much thought to. In Mr. Roth’s hands, such a story of father and son dealing with death is truly masterful. Memoirs can be self-important and narcissistic, but this gem is perfecting penned to avoid such traps. A highly recommended audio book for the discerning.

Author

Author Bio: Philip Roth

Author Bio: Philip Roth

Philip Roth (1933–2018) was one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English