Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, "Nemesis" is a wrenching examination of the forces of circumstance on our lives.
Bucky Cantor is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director during the summer of 1944. A javelin thrower and weightlifter, he is disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. As the devastating disease begins to ravage Bucky's playground, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed: fear, panic, anger, bewilderment, suffering, and pain. Moving between the streets of Newark and a pristine summer camp high in the Poconos, "Nemesis" tenderly and startlingly depicts Cantor's passage into personal disaster, the condition of childhood, and the painful effect that the wartime polio epidemic has on a closely-knit, family-oriented Newark community and its children.
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"Roth's book has the elegance of a fable and the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama."--"The New Yorker"
"An artfully constructed, suspenseful novel with a cunning twist towards the end."--J. M. Coetzee, "New York Review of Books"
"Elegant. . . . Suffused with precise and painful tenderness. . . . Stands out for its warmth." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Painful and powerful. . . . Somberly but vividly, [Roth] recreates the panic and fear triggered by polio." --"USA Today"
"A perfectly proportioned Greek tragedy played out against the background of the polio epidemic that swept Newark, New Jersey, during the summer of 1944." --"Financial Times"
"Like a very well-executed O. Henry story. . . . A parable about the embrace of conscience. . . .and what its suffocating, life-denying consequences can be." -Michiko Kakutani, "The""New York Times"
"Yet another small triumph from one of our native artists largest in spirit. And by small Il
An absolutely brilliant new novel by one of the world's great writers.
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Book Description Random House Export, 2011. Book Condition: New. N/A. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP77883281
Book Description Random House. soft. Book Condition: New. Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, "Nemesis" is a wrenching. . . Bookseller Inventory # 5280564
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Book Description PENGUIN, 2011. Book Condition: Nuevo. Nemesis editado por Penguin. Bookseller Inventory # 1359970554