Deception

Deception

3.35 (2,269 ratings by Goodreads)
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'This swift, elegant, disturbing novel...stands at the extreme of contemporary fiction' New York Times Book Review

He is a middle-aged American writer called Philip; she is an articulate, well-educated Englishwoman trapped in a loveless and humiliating marriage. In Philip's London studio, this play of voices - sharp, tender and inquiring - reveals both their past lives with startling clarity. Deception is fiendishly clever, as it dances with the conventions of the novel, and redefines the boundaries between fiction and reality.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 149g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099801906
  • 9780099801900
  • 214,712

Review Text

Lively, shiny, glazed with wit
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Review quote

A fiendishly clever piece of work...an amazing feat... He's invented the purest speech, the most convincing cadences, of any American novelist * Hudson Review * An amazing feast... He's invented the purest speech, the most convincing cadences, of any American novelist * Hudson Review * Lively, shiny, glazed with wit -- James Wood * Guardian * Deception is itself deceptive, as elegant and ingenious as anything in The Ghost Writer or The Prague Orgy * New Republic * This swift, elegant, disturbing novel...stands at the extreme of contemporary fiction * New York Times Book Review *
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About Philip Roth

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on 19 March 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans, Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighbourhood he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.

In 1959, Roth published Goodbye, Columbus - a collection of stories, and a novella - for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel, Portnoy's Complaint, brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America's finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books, including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman, and a fictional narrator named Philip Roth, through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Roth's lasting contribution to literature was widely recognised throughout his lifetime, both in the US and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previously.
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Rating details

2,269 ratings
3.35 out of 5 stars
5 13% (302)
4 31% (712)
3 37% (829)
2 14% (323)
1 5% (103)
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