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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Review: The FactsUser Review - Olivier Vojetta - Goodreads
—BUS RIDING BOOKS— "The Facts, a novelist autobiography", by Philip Roth Here is my review of the book… In his autobiography, Philip Roth is looking at the wounds that plagued him for decades, yet ... Read full review
Review: The FactsUser Review - Les Wilson - Goodreads
To be fair, I'm not a great lover of autobiography or biography books. If you are, you my find this book better than I did. Read full review