Sunday, May 07, 2006
Philip Roth on divorce
More divorce in literature. From a review in Slate of Roth's new book Everyman. A nod to the reviewer for mentioning one of my favorite writers, Thomas Hardy.
"Everyman opens at a northern New Jersey graveside, where Roth's hero—the Everyman of the title, who throughout remains unnamed—is being buried by the broken remnants of his several families. His one loving child, a daughter, gives a terse but heartfelt eulogy. His sons, 40-something but still children of divorce, drop dirt on the coffin, choked with resentment against a father they will forever regard as a deserter."