What are the best books by Philip Roth?

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    #1American Pastoral

    American Pastoral

    American Pastoral is a classic Philip Roth novel about Swede, who was living a happy life in the Boomer generation until his daughter became a fanatical teenager prone to savage acts of political terrorism.

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    Emma Barnett
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I have enjoyed Philip Roth books for years and his book, American Pastoral, did not disappoint me at all. It takes a man living a peaceful, content life and turns his world upside down when his daughter becomes involved in extreme political turmoil situations. I was intrigued to read how Swede and his daughter would come through this phase and how their relationship would change as a result."
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    #2My Life As a Man

    My Life As a Man

    My Life as a Man is a novel by Philip Roth about the writer Peter, his wife Maureen, and their marriage that is based on fraud. Years after Maureen's death, Peter is still trying to write his way out of this marriage.

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    David Ellis
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Nice product"
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    #3The Prague Orgy

    The Prague Orgy

    The Prague Orgy is a book by Philip Roth about an American novelist named Nathan, who is searching for an unpublished manuscript of a Yiddish writer in the heart of Soviet-occupied, communist-controlled Prague.

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    Louis Cruz
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This was a surprisingly deep and interesting read. I would say most people wouldn't enjoy it, but those that do will love it."
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    #4The Breast

    The Breast

    The Breast by Philip Roth is a novel about Professor David Kepesh, who was one day transformed into a 155-pound female breast. It is an unconventional, yet very funny, story about sex and subjectivity.

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    Olivia Little
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "The Breast is a book by Philip Roth. A funny story about how a person turns into a female breast."
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    #5The Humbling

    The Humbling

    The Humbling is a Philip Roth novel about Simon Axler, a 60-year-old former theater star who is struggling with the feeling of uselessness after his wife and his fans left him, though he has developed an unusual sexual desire.

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    Madison Williamson
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "A quite shocker and visceral book that still manages to touch on very human and intimate experiences. No doubt it's challenging to read and even stomach sometimes, but the shocking material in the book only serves to heighten the emotional impact of the story, and it stays with you a long time after reading it. Definitely one of his best books."
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    #6Nemesis

    Nemesis
    Nemesis by Philip Roth is a novel about the dangerous wartime polio epidemic that is ravaging the closely-knit, family-oriented Newark people in 1944, particularly of the 23-year-old playground director Bucky Cantor.

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    Peter Cole
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Nemesis is my personal favorite of Philip Roth. This says a lot as I celebrate Roth's entire catalog. I love the unique perspective and the vividness of this book."
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    #7Everyman

    Everyman
    Everyman is a novel by Philip Roth with themes of loss, regret, and stoicism. It depicts a man and his struggles with mortality of those around him, and of himself when he became old and saw what age did to his friends.
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    Gregory Greene
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I have recently started to read a few book written by Philip Roth and I last one that I read was called Everyman. Everyman tells a story from an interesting view point and it makes one of the favorites by this author."
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    #8The Ghost Writer

    The Ghost Writer

    The Ghost Writer is a Philip Roth novel about the novelist Nathan Zuckerman, who is having dinner with his idol, E.I. Lonoff, who is currently living with a beautiful woman named Amy Bellette.

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    Alejandro Aguirre
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I was looking to read a book by my favorite author Philip Roth. As a fan of his work in the past, I appreciate the style in which he writes. With The Ghost Writer, I got more of the same. As this book was another great installment in his series of various fiction novels. "
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    #9Portnoy's Complaint

    Portnoy's Complaint

    Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth is a story of  Alexander Portnoy's confession and the conflict between having an unappeasable sexuality and the trauma brought about by childhood experiences. 

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    Philip Walters
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Loved the book. A mix of bawdy humor and remarkable insight. A work of pure brilliance. "
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    #10The Plot Against America

    The Plot Against America

    In the Presidential Election of 1940, the isolationist Charles A. Lindberg defeats Franklin Roosevelt. One of the first actions Lindberg is to negotiate a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler, accepting the conquests and crimes in Europe. 

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    Scott Williams
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I was recommended "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth by a friend since I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and I've been thoroughly impressed by this historical take by Roth. It's an incredibly interesting story that dives into the situation surrounding World War II and it does a great job convincing you of its "counterfactual" scenario. If I wasn't a historical buff myself, I could have probably been fooled into thinking this book is non-fiction given how realistic it is in depicting this major event in history. Fans of historical fiction absolutely need to check this one out!"

Summary

Best What are the best books by Philip Roth
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1American PastoralBooks 45 Paid
2My Life As a ManBooks 41 Paid
3The Prague OrgyBooks 40 Paid
4The BreastBooks 36 Paid
5The HumblingBooks 35 Paid
6NemesisBooks 31 Paid
7EverymanBooks 30 Paid
8The Ghost WriterBooks 27 Paid
9Portnoy's Complaint Books 5 Paid
10The Plot Against AmericaBooks 4 Paid
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