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The Counterlife
The Counterlife
Author: Philip Roth
The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679749042
ISBN-10: 0679749047
Publication Date: 8/6/1996
Pages: 336
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Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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I had ordered and read this books for a 20th century American Novels course. Although the narrative frame was very interesting and that seemed to be what was pointed out most by the professor, I felt a different book would have better suited this (i.e. O'Brien going after Cacciato). The subject matter in the novel is slightly controversial which is why I felt the conversation surrounding this work by Roth did not focus much on that. Novel brings up interesting points/themes, but this is not one of my favorite novels by any means. Plus, none of the characters are very likable/relate-able
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