Sunday, May 14, 2006

Going deep...


There is something fascinating about what moral suffering can do to someone who is in no obvious way a weak or feeble person. It's more insidious even than what physical illness can do, because there is no morphine drip or spinal block or radical surgery to alleviate it. Once you're in its grip, it's as though it will have to kill you for you to be free of it. Its raw realism is like nothing else. --The Human Stain, by Philip Roth


I'm going to love this book.

18 comments:

  1. The Human Stain is one of my favorite books. I am so so glad that you're finally reading it. You will love it.

    I'm on a Philip Roth kick right now. He's the shit.

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  2. I hope I can finish it today. Or at least take out a big chunk if I don't have time to finish. After that, Siri or Faulkner.

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  3. I've always meant to read some Roth, but I have yet to.

    I saw the movie for Human Stain, let me know how the book goes.

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  4. Heatheroo, I'll keep ya posted. So far so good at page 100 or so. I hear the movie doesn't hold a candle to the book, and so far I can't imagine that any movie could hold a candle to this book. Amazing writing.

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  5. Oh wow, I need to get this book! Didn't see the movie...The only movie I've ever seen that was from a book, that was as good as the book, was The Green Mile.

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  6. Vixen, I would have to agree with you on that one. I loved The Green Mile (movie and book).

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  7. Wooo that's deep. I bought a Roth book awhile back...I think it was American Pastoral (too lazy to go look). And I have The Plot Against America around here somewhere. Hopefully I'll get to them soon.

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  8. The movie was rather disappointing, especially when compared to the book. The book is just so rich with various elements that there's no way it could've been captured within 2 hours for a movie.

    However, I'm probably biased just because I've read it. My husband and I watched the movie together and he thought it was very well done, and other people I've talked to who haven't read have said the same thing.

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  9. "Ghost Writer" is the only Roth book I've read, but "The Human Stain" (the movie) knocked me on my ass for, like 3 days.

    Everyone I know complains that their to-be-read list is way too long. Well, I'm the same. It's retarded how many books I've bought and haven't read. The worst part is that - you felt inspired to read them when you bought them - but you no longer remember what interested you in them a year and a half later. Often I think it was just the prospect of purchasing something shiney that interested you to begin with.

    Anyway, later Andi

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  10. youre going to take off all your clothes and roll around naked with the book? :P

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  11. I think I'm the only one in the world that hasn't read this book. I think it will be my next purchase for books. I think I'll head over to Amazon to check it out.

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  12. Heatheroo (Heather F)..I didn't realize at first that the other Heather that posted above was Heather of the great white north.

    Anyhoo, I think you'll love Roth. From what I've read, anyway. I've heard good things about The Plot Against America and American Pastoral.

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  13. Elise, that seems to be the way it goes with me and The Hours. I freakin' love that book and whenever someone likes the movie I insist they read the book. So much better!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by, Reese! Yeah, my TBR is so out of control it's ridiculous. Over 150 books I'm sure, and those are just the ones who find refuge in my room. I have other stashed here and there and everywhere. *sigh*

    Johnny, of course. Doesn't everyone?

    Sole, do it! Do it! I'm an enabler.

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  15. I haven't read it. My thoughts go to novels with less clothes.
    I just finished "Secret Sisters" by Elizabeth Lowell. When you're not getting any, you tend to read about it.

    I shouldn't say that. The next book in line is VC Andrews "Celeste". I'm sure it's spooky as hell with tons of clothes.

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  16. Please let me know how it is. It sounds wonderful, I would love to get into a fantastic book.

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  17. Kat, I'm at least the duchess of not getting any but instead reading sexy novels. I have a couple of juicy Jennifer Crusie's waiting for me. All this literature is just a front for my romancey side.

    Funkster, you got it! I'll keep everyone posted on the wonderfulness that is Roth.

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  18. Yes, much better than the film.

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