In the history of the novel, much of the focus has been centered on point of view, or, as it is sometimes referred to, ‘the person through whose eyes the story is being told,’ moving from omniscient author to one or more of the characters in the book and, for the most part, gaining closeness at the expense of perspective. Goodbye, Philip Roth is an attempt to offer another approach by presenting the book from the reader’s point of view (a character outside the book, so to speak). In it, the reader, haunted by Roth’s novels, finds himself involved with author and book in ways he has not previously imagined.
Martin Smith is a novelist, screenwriter, and teacher. His credits include Flora’s Dream, Under the Rainbow. He lives in New York City with his wife and is at work on another book.
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Wonderfully clever and witty and very moving and deeply touching all at the same time. Like the bane of his existence (Roth), Smith/Smitty captures all of us who are either thrust into or find themselves completely enmeshed in the characters/stories we read about. The comic – and insightful – juxtaposition of who’s who as one continues turning the pages of this charming as well as biting book is, as they say, “a MUST read!”
Goodbye, Philip Roth is a strange novella that challenges the reader and won’t let up: What is going on? Who is this “Martin Smith” (a fictional character easily confused with the author) who is so obsessed with how America’s great author, Philip Roth, is slowly and so very cleverly humiliating him, destroying his career? Is the narrator completely mad, or is there a basis for his paranoia?