The Human Stain (2019)

The Human Stain Philip Roth The Human Stain It is the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president and in a small New England town an aging Classics professor Coleman Silk is forced to r
  • Title: The Human Stain
  • Author: Philip Roth
  • ISBN: 9780099282198
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
The Human Stain Philip Roth It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town an aging Classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser.Coleman Silk has a secreIt is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town an aging Classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser.Coleman Silk has a secret, one which has been kept for fifty years from his wife, his four children, his colleagues, and his friends, including the writer Nathan Zuckerman It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk s secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled And to understand also how Silk s astonishing private history is, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, magnificently interwoven with the larger public history of modern America.
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  1. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum

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  2. Jeffrey Keeten

    All he d ever wanted, from earliest childhood on, as to be free not black, not even white just on his own and free He meant no insult to no one by his choice, nor was he trying to irritate anyone whom he took to be his superior, nor was he staging some sort of protest against his race or hers He recognized that to conventional people for whom everything was ready made and rigidly unalterable what he was doing would never look correct But to dare to be nothing than correct had never been his aim [...]

  3. Fabian

    See, I was an enormous fan of the Tony Hopkins Nicky Kidman film already But incredibly, that adapatation was just the tip of an iceburg so rich, complex incredible that is Philip Roth s masterpiece The Human Stain The film fails oh so miserably to fulfill at least 40% of the emotional clout which is significant and HEAVVVY famously attributed to this, a gargantuan beauty of a book.It seems that this late in the year, the magic wand waved by Literature is constantly and repeatedly still dabbing [...]

  4. Katie Lynch

    Hey Roth, I know you have a great vocabularyJust tell me a damn story Let me explain I just read a very positive review of this book stating that Roth has such an expansive vocabulary, and every word seems painstakingly chosen, etc That is exactly what I hate about this book A narrative is supposed to flow, not make you resolve to study the dictionary fastidiously For the record, I have a pretty good vocabulary and I thorouoghly enjoy creative uses of the English language But I despise the use [...]

  5. Perry

    Shaming Academic Speech Censors, or A Pox on the PC Police I m very depressed how in this country you can be told That s offensive as though those two words constitute an argument Christopher HitchensColeman Silk, a professor of classics at a local esteemed college, has been accused of racism by two African American students in one of his classes, after he notices upon calling roll that these two enrolled students never attend his class, and mumbles Do they exist or are they spooks Roth brillian [...]

  6. Paula

    The author sums it up perfectly on page 81 You area a verbal master of extroadinary loquatiousness P Roth So Perspicatios So fluent A vocal master of the endless, ostentatious overelaborate sentence Yup This book is the Jackson Pollock of our literary time Just spatter everything all over the page and call it art Roth goes on and on by using every single adjective he ever learned in his SAT class, in a row, then completely counters every argument he just made, so he can use all the opposite word [...]

  7. Alex

    Here s what I know if a book features some old dude fucking some younger lady, check the author s age 100% of the time, he s the same age as the old dude.The younger woman will be vulnerable She will be attracted to the older man s security and wisdom There is a power imbalance, and it s basically the same thing as when Tarzan saves Jane from the lion It s embarrassing, immature wish fulfillment And even when it s written very well, it s boring This book is occasionally written very well, but it [...]

  8. Michael Finocchiaro

    A masterfully architected tale about race, shame, violence, and remembrance, The Human Stain is definitely one of Roth s masterpieces From its first pages, the reader is drawn into the mystery of Coleman Silky Silk n Silkzweig and his tragic downfall The characters here are vibrant and real, the descriptions terrifying at times but always captivating, I found it hard putting this book down as I was relentlessly driven to want to know what happened the mark of truly great writing If you have neve [...]

  9. Ilenia Zodiaco

    Ho da pochi minuti terminato la lettura de La macchia umana di Philip Roth Ci sono quei libri che si insinuano all interno del tuo consolidato nido di credenze, idee, saperi, pregiudizi, convinzioni che hai fortificato con fatica e scrupolosa dedizione in vent anni di scuola, vita familiare, cadute e ripartenze sentimentali e sai gi che non c pi nulla da fare Arrivano per scombussolare tutto, tocca ricostruire il castello di carta della tua identit da capo Sono libri alteri, sdegnosi Non smetter [...]

  10. Paul Bryant

    So I watched the movie, and I really shouldn t have To quote Pope Pius VII, it sometimes makes you wonder if you re on the right planet Anthony Hopkins plays an extremely white black man And the ever crushingly beautiful Nicole Kidman plays an illiterate woman who s a janitor Yes And we re supposed to take this seriously And the actor who plays the young Anthony Hopkins looks absolutely nothing like him It s so insane I believe they take a lot of drugs in Hollywood, and this movie appears to pro [...]

  11. Darwin8u

    The danger with hatred is, once you start in on it, you get a hundred times than you bargained for Once you start, you can t stop Philip Roth, The Human StainReading Roth is almost a spooky, sexual experience I say that knowing this will sound absurd, trite and probably hyperbolic But with Roth, his words are imbued with an almost carnal power, a spectral courage, energy and life IT is like watching an absurdly talented musician do things with an instrument with sound that bends the edge of pos [...]

  12. David Schaafsma

    I read Roth s Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy s Complaint in college, and loved them They were funny, especially in depicting the lusts and lives of young men, with literary flair But I didn t read him again for no particular reason until relatively recently I read the non fiction Patrimony, about his relationship with his father, and The Plot Against America, a dark fantasy about a possible past where we choose a fascist dictator in the thirties instead of FDR And now having completed his Nathan [...]

  13. Aprile

    Roth scrive, si commenta, si chiosa , fa tutto da solo Il lettore non pu far altro che annuire pi o meno vigorosamente Lo definirei un ingegnere preciso e calcolatore, pronto a prevedere qualsiasi variante, qualsiasi obiezione alla sua costruzione E sufficiente inoltrarsi nella lettura e tutte le risposte vengono date, i dubbi dissipati Se si ama la scrittura di getto, spontanea, non si legga Roth, o meglio, Roth spontaneo nella sua precisione Nulla scritto gratuitamente Da ci la sua grande seri [...]

  14. Lee

    oh, phillip roth you CARD you IMP no one makes me laugh like you around this time last year i was on vacation on the cape reading american pastoral, another roth novella of fun and good humor read brinda s perfect description for an idea of that one i ended up forgetting the book there, with about forty pages left to read, and i never bought a new copy i didn t care that i hadn t finished it because I WAS SO EXHAUSTED the book wasn t bad the book was great but reading a roth opus is sort of like [...]

  15. Andrew Smith

    Set in New England, this book tells the story of a college professor accused of making a racist remark in one of his classes The fact that what follows is patently unfair sets this book up as a commentary on extreme political correctness There is a lot of ground covered here Vietnam, Clinton Lewinsky, racism and ageing to name a few and in typical Roth style it is rich, clever, complex and, at times, ranting Not what I d call a relaxing read but hugely worthwhile if you re in the mood.

  16. Giulia_lamadeleine

    Diceva Camus che L assurdo non libera vincola Ecco, mi sembra che una costante dei libri di Roth sia fare un esperimento Prendere un uomo mediamente soddisfatto , e gettarlo nell Assurdo, nell inspiegabile e crudele meccanismo della vita Ci aspetteremmo, da parte di Coleman, un opposizione fiera al giogo della reputazione una libert di azione altrettanto solida che di pensiero E, invece, quest uomo carismatico, vincente negli studi come nello sport, si rivela come quanto di meno libero possiamo [...]

  17. antónio alves

    O que encontrei neste livro as contradi es de uma Am rica capaz de conviver com o pensamento liberal e, ao mesmo tempo, com a hipocrisia do politicamente correto a liberdade e o pre o que se paga para conseguirmos ser apenas n s pr prios Homem indiv duo vs Homem social racismo e identidade grupal o Amor e o sexo, mesmo depois dos 70 os segredos e a revela o de mem rias escondidas, que permitem construir a verdadeira identidade de cada personagem o elemento humano a mancha humana como pathos da t [...]

  18. Jim

    Philip Roth at the top of his game Each time I read one of his books I m further impressed by his talent.The Human Stain digs deep into racism and its attendant politics in the 20th century A light skinned negro decides to pass as white and to do so successfully, he separates himself from his family He enlists in the Navy as white , attends college as white , and marries a white woman as white After a long, distinguished career as a college professor and dean, he uses the word spooks in the clas [...]

  19. Darcy

    warning spoiler The thing that attracts me about this novel is quite simply how it is told The narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, is also a character albeit a relatively minor one although he grows in importance as the story continues He is not, therefore, omniscient, although this becomes easy to forget The novel is written as though he were omniscient, and then draws attention to this gap repeatedly at moments where Zuckerman explains who told him what, how he knows certain bits of information, and w [...]

  20. Katie

    This novel was disappointing I expected much from it The story details the life of an African American college professor who has been passing as white since he was in his late teens He hid this fact from everyone he knew, including his wife and children His secret begins to unravel when he refers to two absent students as spooks Because the students are black, the remark is deemed racist, when he had actually intended the word to mean ghosts The writing is extremely dull and rambling sentences, [...]

  21. AC

    The only Roth I d ever read was Portnoy, back when it came out practically , and the Plot Against America which didn t impress me at all So I came to this book, which I listened to on audible, with a prejudice against Roth I didn t like him, thought he was a fake, he didn t look like much of a writer to me, etc etc I probably wouldn t have gotten very far if I had been reading listening being a very different experience I do so much driving, that I listen to these things in drive time, basically [...]

  22. Marcello S

    Bulimico Roth Mi pare quasi innegabile che qui dentro ci sia quanto di meglio il buon Philip abbia scritto almeno riferendomi ai 5 o 6 letti finora.Ci sono una miriade di singoli momenti cos diretti e illuminanti da lasciarti col fiato corto Soprattutto nella seconda parte.Potevano essere cinque stelle ma talvolta la prende cos alla larga da diventare quasi insopportabile.Per gigantesco 78 100

  23. Marco Tamborrino

    Nel tentativo, senz altro ammirevole, di crearsi, aveva l impressione di essersi rovesciata Possiamo dire, non senza un briciolo di presunzione, che il male della societ contemporanea sia l adattamento Ci che un essere umano, per costrizione o per sua semplice volont , ricerca ogni istante della sua vita Si adatta per sopravviere Smette di rimpiangere la societ passata o smette di idealizzarne una tutta sua dove, al posto delle maldicenze, ci siano rose e fiori La macchia umana , ci che lasciamo [...]

  24. Vit Babenco

    Has being human in modern human society become a stigma Judging by the novel The Human Stain humanism in the contemporary society is considered to be some kind of social defect He was not a firebrand or an agitator in any way Nor was he a madman Nor was he a radical or a revolutionary, not even intellectually or philosophically speaking, unless it is revolutionary to believe that disregarding prescriptive society s most restrictive demarcations and asserting independently a free personal choice [...]

  25. Tsung

    The Human Stain is a schizophrenic, if not unevenly written novel It is as though it is written by different people, with variable success While there is a central narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, through whose eyes and ears, we learn about the anti hero Coleman Silk, there are different voices that make up the whole story The most annoying one is the ranter, who keeps going on and on about Bill Clinton and his sexual indiscretions The tirades are tiresome and irrelevant to the plot The other voice I [...]

  26. Mariachiara

    Non si pu ignorare una voce del genere nella moltitudine Non si pu non sentirsi scombussolati e interdetti Non si pu non leggere questo libro senza mettere in discussione quelle poche convinzioni che con fatica si tenta di racimolare Ero timorosa di leggere qualcosa di questo autore e mi rammarico di non averlo incontrato prima perch davvero ti arricchisce e qualsiasi cosa ti ritrovi a leggere dopo non ha lo stesso sapore Consigliassimo.

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