Roth, Philip

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Roth's "Nemesis" is the story of a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a closely knit, family-oriented Newark community and its children.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010.
ISBN: 0547318359
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,20 cm.


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Apr 11, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not Roth's best in my opinion. A fast read but not that rewarding.

Jan 29, 2013
  • robhoey rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Roth is an excellent writer and this book demonstrates it clearly. Polio is the antagonist (the Nemesis) and one young man has to deal with how it is effecting his life and those around him. Unlike Portnoys Complaint, this novel has no humor whatsoever, but is what I consider a very good read.

Dec 08, 2010

The 1944 polio outbreak is the backdrop for a tragic fall.

Roth returns to Newark in this story of how a young man, rejected by the Army, copes with the 1944 polio epidemic that ravaged New Jersey during Roth’s own childhood.


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