Review of Roth’s The Humbling

Philip Roth’s astonishing late flourish (long may it continue, of course) takes an even darker turn with this short novel. In fact, it is really more of a novella in that it contains the seeds of a longer work which are treated with great rapidity and intensity. It begins with the protagonist facing up to the loss of his ability to work – he is a famous stage actor in America, the last great classical actor, indeed – and he finds it difficult to cope with this emasculation, especially since it gives his most recent wife the opportunity to leave him.

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