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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Two Ways Of Looking At Philip Roth

"I don't hate Philip Roth, I like Philip Roth. But sometimes a story needs to be told from a different perspective. Something about men is that they're able to find their own attractiveness long past its actuality. That's nice. I wish women felt the same way. It would be nice seeing older women winking at 20-year-old men."

- Zadie Smith

"Philip Roth in my view is the most significant writer of fiction in English right now and in a way his themes, about misplaced idealism and idealism gone wrong, make him a prime candidate [for the Nobel]."

- Ian Jack


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