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by Philip Roth


It was his first book and was published by Houghton Mifflin

Is it any wonder that Philip Roth is one of the most awarded authors to ever live? This, his first book, is written so well, that it almost doesn't matter what the stories (there's one novella and a handful of short stories) are about.

Nov 21, 2008 Mac rated it it was amazing. Is it any wonder that Philip Roth is one of the most awarded authors to ever live? This, his first book, is written so well, that it almost doesn't matter what the stories (there's one novella and a handful of short stories) are about. Reading Mr. Roth is like fine dining. Nobody expects some unthinkable twist at the end of a delicious meal.

Goodbye Columbus is a short novel about a summer love affair. The two main characters are in their early twenties but have little else in common. Neil lives with his aunt in Newark NJ in a neighborhood that was once predominantly Jewish and is now becoming racially integrated. Brenda’s family once lived in Newark but moved out of the city to Short Hills after her father got rich in the sink manufacturing business.

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by Philip Roth · Ross Miller. Letting Go is Roth's first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa city, Letting Go presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century America defined. Reading Myself and Others. Short stories for children. Famous Five 04 - Five Go To Smuggler's Top By Enid Blyton. 76 Pages·2006·387 KB·9,932 Downloads.

Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters

Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters. Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters

Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit . Philip Roth won the National Book Award for "Goodbye, Columbus", the story which gives this collection of stories its title.

Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even th. . The story traces the love relationship of Neil, a young college boy, and Brenda, the spoilt but love-starved daughter of a wealthy manufacturer.

This first volume presents Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories, the book that established . Philip Roth: Novels & Stories 1959–1962 is kept in print by a gift from Joel Conarroe to the Guardians of American Letters Fund.

This first volume presents Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories, the book that established Roth’s reputation on publication in 1959 and for which he won the National Book Award, and his first novel, Letting Go (1962). The title novella, Goodbye, Columbus, the story of a summer romance between a poor young man from Newark and a rich Radcliffe co-ed, is both a tightly wrought tale of youthful desire and a satiric gem that takes aim at the comfortable affluence of the postwar boom.

This page contains details about the Fiction book Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth published in 1959. This book is the 922nd greatest Fiction book of all time as determined by thegreatestbooks. In addition to its title novella, set in New Jersey, Goodbye, Columbus contains the five short stories "The Conversion of the Jews," "Defender of the Faith," "Epstein," "You Can't Tell a Man by the Song He Sings," and "Eli, the Fanatic. Each story deals with the problems and concerns of second and third-generation assimilated American Jews as they leave the ethnic ghettos of their parents and grandparents and go on to college, the white-collar professions, and life in the suburbs.

Goodbye, Columbus and five other short stories reveal the author's deep insight into human nature and his ability to observe and present the varying themes with humor and candor

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ISBN13: 978-0394604701

ISBN: 0394604709

Author: Philip Roth

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Literary

Language: English

Publisher: The Modern Library; Limited Signed Edition edition (April 12, 1979)

Pages: 298 pages

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Rating: 4.2

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Llallayue
If you are reading this review I’m guessing you have already read Philip Roth and are considering whether to read his first published work.

Goodbye Columbus is a short novel about a summer love affair. The two main characters are in their early twenties but have little else in common. Neil lives with his aunt in Newark NJ in a neighborhood that was once predominantly Jewish and is now becoming racially integrated. Brenda’s family once lived in Newark but moved out of the city to Short Hills after her father got rich in the sink manufacturing business. Neil works in the public library and Brenda attends Radcliffe College. After a chance meeting Neil phones Brenda, she agrees to meet him, and their relationship begins.

In addition to Goodbye Columbus, there are five short stories which explore the tension between maintaining Jewish traditions and assimilating into post-war America.

Roth’s writing is powerful and economical. The dialogue drives the plot. There are some humorous moments (see especially “Epstein”) but for the most part these are serious stories of protagonists trying to make the best of bad circumstances.

As I read the book I found it increasingly difficult to care about the characters. Dishonest, profane, self-centered, superficial, and unfeeling are some of the adjectives that come to mind. Roth emphasizes the bad behavior and shortcomings of his creations in every story, and after a while it gets tiresome.

The three star rating acknowledges Roth’s skill as a writer, offset by the dearth of sympathetic characters. I highly recommend Roth’s “Patrimony”, the overlooked true story of his father’s battle with terminal cancer. The author treats his subject with love, not loathing.
Llallayue
If you are reading this review I’m guessing you have already read Philip Roth and are considering whether to read his first published work.

Goodbye Columbus is a short novel about a summer love affair. The two main characters are in their early twenties but have little else in common. Neil lives with his aunt in Newark NJ in a neighborhood that was once predominantly Jewish and is now becoming racially integrated. Brenda’s family once lived in Newark but moved out of the city to Short Hills after her father got rich in the sink manufacturing business. Neil works in the public library and Brenda attends Radcliffe College. After a chance meeting Neil phones Brenda, she agrees to meet him, and their relationship begins.

In addition to Goodbye Columbus, there are five short stories which explore the tension between maintaining Jewish traditions and assimilating into post-war America.

Roth’s writing is powerful and economical. The dialogue drives the plot. There are some humorous moments (see especially “Epstein”) but for the most part these are serious stories of protagonists trying to make the best of bad circumstances.

As I read the book I found it increasingly difficult to care about the characters. Dishonest, profane, self-centered, superficial, and unfeeling are some of the adjectives that come to mind. Roth emphasizes the bad behavior and shortcomings of his creations in every story, and after a while it gets tiresome.

The three star rating acknowledges Roth’s skill as a writer, offset by the dearth of sympathetic characters. I highly recommend Roth’s “Patrimony”, the overlooked true story of his father’s battle with terminal cancer. The author treats his subject with love, not loathing.
Gri
Maybe you saw the 1969 movie. Richard Benjamin was perfectly cast as boyfriend Neil, Ali McGraw a tad less so as Brenda. Jack Klugman is her doting Dad. At the end, there’s a big lover’s spat about the diaphragm, and why did Brenda leave it where Mom could find it. Remember?
Anyway, author Philip Roth died a month ago and I decided to read some of his stuff. “Goodbye Columbus” was a long (138 pages) short story and GC plus 5 other stories were published together, winning a National Book Award in 1960. I remember the story as a bit racy for its day, but at almost 50 years (the book, not me) the story doesn’t seem to hold up that well. The movie’s rating history tells it all – it was originally R and later re-rated PG.
Neil and Brenda meet at the pool; she asks him to hold her sunglasses as she dives; he’s in love before she takes her first bounce. She comes from money and is college bound. He graduated three years ago, lives with his aunt who cooks and cleans all the time, and he works at the library. Mom and Dad love Brenda and older brother Ron and will do anything for their offspring, even tolerate Neil at their dining table. They have a nice summer together.
Finally, a quote from Roth, which has nothing to do with the story, or maybe it does: “A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!”
RIP
Gri
Maybe you saw the 1969 movie. Richard Benjamin was perfectly cast as boyfriend Neil, Ali McGraw a tad less so as Brenda. Jack Klugman is her doting Dad. At the end, there’s a big lover’s spat about the diaphragm, and why did Brenda leave it where Mom could find it. Remember?
Anyway, author Philip Roth died a month ago and I decided to read some of his stuff. “Goodbye Columbus” was a long (138 pages) short story and GC plus 5 other stories were published together, winning a National Book Award in 1960. I remember the story as a bit racy for its day, but at almost 50 years (the book, not me) the story doesn’t seem to hold up that well. The movie’s rating history tells it all – it was originally R and later re-rated PG.
Neil and Brenda meet at the pool; she asks him to hold her sunglasses as she dives; he’s in love before she takes her first bounce. She comes from money and is college bound. He graduated three years ago, lives with his aunt who cooks and cleans all the time, and he works at the library. Mom and Dad love Brenda and older brother Ron and will do anything for their offspring, even tolerate Neil at their dining table. They have a nice summer together.
Finally, a quote from Roth, which has nothing to do with the story, or maybe it does: “A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!”
RIP
Iraraeal
This is about my fourth review of a Philip Roth book and represents a deliberate return to his earlier works. There is no earlier published selection than Good bye Columbus. Not only was this an award winning book, but the title story would become the first of many of his works to become a movie.Goodbye, Columbus

This review is of the Kindle edition. As others have noted there are a number of transcription errors. I tend to miss or forget if there are a few, but this edition had too many to not notice all of them. I have removed one star for poor copy.

Philip Roth will always write about his generation of Jewish American. Specifically one generation removed from the European shtetl and raised in the semi enclosed world of poor to middle class ethnic New Jersey and who generally made it out as scholars or athletes.

Coming after a generation of Jewish writers who tended to romanticize all things Jewish, especially family life, his more realistic and complex portrayals would cause him much enmity within the Jewish community. This enmity he would turn into major themes within his future works. All this is in the future as Goodbye Columbus began its circulation.

Nowhere in any of these stories will Philip Roth take time to explain Jewish customs, the history of anti-Semitism or even linger on the subjects of the Holocaust. This later issue is an unspoken presence in two different stories: The Defender of the Faith and Eli the Fanatic. Roth takes as given that the reader is intelligent enough to understand how individuals can carry with them the burden and the strength that goes with their heritage. We are in part our culture, the question is not the details of our respective heritages but how much we choose or have the choice to express this relationship.

I speak in terms of heritage and culture as unmodified nouns rather than subject to specific adjectives. Neil, in the title novella, Goodbye Columbus is a story of love across the class divide. The conflict that will test the young love in this less than fatal Romeo and Juliette story is about how wealth can buy "Do Overs", not available to the working poor. That the two are Jewish provides context but is not the central fact of the story. In the short story Epstein, everything is about survival in middle school and nothing about religion. My point is that however much these stories are about a particular Jewish experience, they have analogs in a larger American world. In this case it is a largely white America but no less relevant 50 years after original publication.
Defender of the Faith has a Jewish sergeant, freshly reposted to America from the horrors of World War II in Europe. He heals his "infantry man's heart" even as he is preparing fresh recruits to go into the war in the Pacific. He is manipulated by a conniving soldier and in letting himself be used he finds himself being healed. This is a deftly told story. In the end, (+++spoiler alert+++)

The sergeant refuses to let the master manipulator abandon others who have grown to need his particular skill.

Philip Roth deserves your attention not because he has clever plots, or because you cannot guess where he is going in a story. He is a craftsman, using simple language to tell complex stories. We can feel how the Sunday school failed to contain the precociously minded child in the Conversion of the Jews, and how events ultimately take the boy to a place where no one could have anticipated. We can feel exactly how the kind hearted lawyer in Eli, the Fanatic reacts to the conflicting demands of his situation.

Roth leads us into complex imaginings and requires us to be aware and alert. Events are less important then the thought process. This is not passive reading. It is reading that will draw you in, and expects you to think to the next step and the ideas behind it, to the next idea.
Iraraeal
This is about my fourth review of a Philip Roth book and represents a deliberate return to his earlier works. There is no earlier published selection than Good bye Columbus. Not only was this an award winning book, but the title story would become the first of many of his works to become a movie.Goodbye, Columbus

This review is of the Kindle edition. As others have noted there are a number of transcription errors. I tend to miss or forget if there are a few, but this edition had too many to not notice all of them. I have removed one star for poor copy.

Philip Roth will always write about his generation of Jewish American. Specifically one generation removed from the European shtetl and raised in the semi enclosed world of poor to middle class ethnic New Jersey and who generally made it out as scholars or athletes.

Coming after a generation of Jewish writers who tended to romanticize all things Jewish, especially family life, his more realistic and complex portrayals would cause him much enmity within the Jewish community. This enmity he would turn into major themes within his future works. All this is in the future as Goodbye Columbus began its circulation.

Nowhere in any of these stories will Philip Roth take time to explain Jewish customs, the history of anti-Semitism or even linger on the subjects of the Holocaust. This later issue is an unspoken presence in two different stories: The Defender of the Faith and Eli the Fanatic. Roth takes as given that the reader is intelligent enough to understand how individuals can carry with them the burden and the strength that goes with their heritage. We are in part our culture, the question is not the details of our respective heritages but how much we choose or have the choice to express this relationship.

I speak in terms of heritage and culture as unmodified nouns rather than subject to specific adjectives. Neil, in the title novella, Goodbye Columbus is a story of love across the class divide. The conflict that will test the young love in this less than fatal Romeo and Juliette story is about how wealth can buy "Do Overs", not available to the working poor. That the two are Jewish provides context but is not the central fact of the story. In the short story Epstein, everything is about survival in middle school and nothing about religion. My point is that however much these stories are about a particular Jewish experience, they have analogs in a larger American world. In this case it is a largely white America but no less relevant 50 years after original publication.
Defender of the Faith has a Jewish sergeant, freshly reposted to America from the horrors of World War II in Europe. He heals his "infantry man's heart" even as he is preparing fresh recruits to go into the war in the Pacific. He is manipulated by a conniving soldier and in letting himself be used he finds himself being healed. This is a deftly told story. In the end, (+++spoiler alert+++)

The sergeant refuses to let the master manipulator abandon others who have grown to need his particular skill.

Philip Roth deserves your attention not because he has clever plots, or because you cannot guess where he is going in a story. He is a craftsman, using simple language to tell complex stories. We can feel how the Sunday school failed to contain the precociously minded child in the Conversion of the Jews, and how events ultimately take the boy to a place where no one could have anticipated. We can feel exactly how the kind hearted lawyer in Eli, the Fanatic reacts to the conflicting demands of his situation.

Roth leads us into complex imaginings and requires us to be aware and alert. Events are less important then the thought process. This is not passive reading. It is reading that will draw you in, and expects you to think to the next step and the ideas behind it, to the next idea.
Goktilar
I'm not going to admit my age thereby admitting how I have grown up without having read Roth. Upon reading the recent obituary in the NYTimes, I decided to purchase _Goodbye, Columbus_ in order to fill that deficit in my education. I am glad I did. He is a master observer of the quotidian, a beautiful story teller, candid in his creation of both character and scene. In short, the reader hears a sonorous voice in this collection of stories. BTW, I purchased the audio for this book and am so glad I did. As in other instances of books that require knowledge of a particular dialect, this was a significant contribution for the book coming to life as it did.
Goktilar
I'm not going to admit my age thereby admitting how I have grown up without having read Roth. Upon reading the recent obituary in the NYTimes, I decided to purchase _Goodbye, Columbus_ in order to fill that deficit in my education. I am glad I did. He is a master observer of the quotidian, a beautiful story teller, candid in his creation of both character and scene. In short, the reader hears a sonorous voice in this collection of stories. BTW, I purchased the audio for this book and am so glad I did. As in other instances of books that require knowledge of a particular dialect, this was a significant contribution for the book coming to life as it did.