The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography
The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction - a work of compelling candour and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.
Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from this life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college in the fifties; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the 'girl of my dreams' Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint.
The book concludes surprisingly - in true Rothian fashion - with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer.
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An autobiographical writer's only straight autobiography, written when he was 55. And there is very little here: about five scenes, as it were, each of different periods in his life ("Safe at Home ... Read full review
Review: The FactsUser Review - Barron Lerner - Goodreads
It is a given these days to treat the "facts" contained within autobiographies with a grain of salt. In the past, authors quietly manipulated events to tell a specific story with the hope that ... Read full review