Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories: Goodbye Columbus; The Conve Rsion of the Jews; Defender of the Faith; Epstein; You Can't Tell A M an by the ... He Sings; Eli,the Fanatic (Essential Penguin)

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9780140282672: Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories: Goodbye Columbus; The Conve Rsion of the Jews; Defender of the Faith; Epstein; You Can't Tell A M an by the ... He Sings; Eli,the Fanatic (Essential Penguin)

Philip Roth won the National Book Award for "Goodbye, Columbus", the story which gives this collection of stories its title. The story traces the love relationship of Neil, a young college boy, and Brenda, the spoilt but love-starved daughter of a wealthy manufacturer.

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Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters.
Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories that range in tone from the iconoclastic to the astonishingly tender and that illuminate the subterranean conflicts between parents and children and friends and neighbors in the American Jewish diaspora.

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"A masterpiece." —Newsweek

"Unlike those of us who come howling into the world, blind and bare, Mr. Roth appears with nails, hair, teeth, speaking coherently. He is skilled, witty, energetic and performs like a virtuoso." —Saul Bellow

"Superior, startling, incandescently alive." —The New Yorker

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