Everyman

by Philip Roth | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099507269 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pequete of Bragança, Bragança Portugal on 12/11/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by Pequete from Bragança, Bragança Portugal on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
An impressive book about ageing, a tough read, let leaves you a bit shaken, a very good book.
Will be sending it to conto as a RABCK, in a controlled release during this week.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcontowing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Thank you so much, Pequete.
This is a theme that usually moves me.
I hope to get to it soon and not to let it aging on the shelf! :)
Afterwards I'll come back and state my thoughts, so it can go back on the road again.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcontowing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, March 22, 2013
As Pequete and contrarily to what some other readers stated , over the Portuguese forum, I liked this book a lot.

Something I disn't know and discovered surfing the net: "Everyman takes its title and its theme from the medieval play in which an unprepared sinner is informed by Death of his imminent judgment day. Everyman, in that 15th-century incarnation, is deserted as he faces his maker by first his friends and his family and then his wealth; these impostors are followed by his strength, beauty and knowledge. All that is finally stacked in his favour in the divine audit are his good deeds. It is not a cheerful tale."

Roth's Everyman, who is godless and nameless, is already dead and nearly buried when we meet him: the book begins at his funeral. The remainder of the book, which ends with his death, looks mournfully back on episodes from his life, since the childhood. He was married three times, with two sons from his first marriage who resent him for leaving their mother, and one daughter from his second marriage who treats him with kindness and compassion, though he divorced her mother after beginning an affair with a 24-year-old Danish model, who subsequently became his third wife. Having divorced her as well, he has moved in his old age to a retirement community at the shore, where he lives alone and attempts to paint, having passed up a career as an artist early in his life to work in advertising in order to support himself and his family. The book traces the protagonist's feelings as he gets increasingly old and sick, and his reflections of his own past, which has included his share of misdeeds and mistakes, as he ponders his impending death.

A very intimate and painful story, with a touch of dry wit and tenderly told. The characters are amazingly real, the story true to life with all of its gritty depth and darkness, along with the dizzying heights of joy and happiness.

From the book:
"There's no remaking reality, just take it as it comes. Hold your ground and take it as it comes. There's no other way."
"When you are young, it's the outside of the body that matters, how you look externally.When you get older, it's what's inside that matters, and people stop caring how you look."
"It's just that the pain makes you so alone. (...) It's so shameful. (...) The not being able to look after oneself, the pathetic need to be comforted... (...) The dependence, the helplessness, the isolation, the dread - it's all so ghastly and shameful. The pain makes you frightened of yourself. The utter otherness of it is awful."

Thank you so very much, Pequete!

Journal Entry 4 by wingcontowing at Parque do Corgo in Vila Real, Vila Real Portugal on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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