Letting Go by Philip Roth

Letting Go by Philip Roth

This is Roth’s first full length novel; it never reaches the heights of control and subtlety that his later novels do, those from the Zuckerman novels onwards, yet here is Roth at his most interesting too, dealing with a protagonist as beautifully flawed as Zuckerman. The novel is big, and tackles a few too many main characters, so there may be a question as to whether it works as a whole. But it is full of the great writing that will make Roth a great novelist in the years following.

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