The Human Stain by Philip Roth Paperback Book

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Author: Philip Roth

Format: Quality Paperback

Publisher: Random House Inc

Published: May 2001

Genre: Fiction - Literary

Retail Price: $16.95

Pages: 361

Synopsis

During the time of President Clinton's impeachment hearings, Coleman Silk--a classics professor at a small New England college--is undergoing a trial of his own: he has been accused of racism, and his job is in jeopardy. Silk is innocent of the charge, but he is, in fact, guilty of something else--a fact about himself he has kept completely secret for half a century. When Silk's friend (and Philip Roth's perennial hero) Nathan Zuckerman looks into the scandal, he unearths the complicated and stunning truth. Along with AMERICAN PASTORAL and I MARRIED A COMMUNIST, THE HUMAN STAIN is part of (in Roth's words)

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Reviews

BookLender review by Arlene on 2008-07-19 01:02:38

Having seen the DVD of the same same, I was anxious to read this novel of Philip Roth that I had somehow missed over the years. The movie has the same basic story as the novel. However, we are introduced earlier, as the novel switches back & forth among different times in the telling of the stains of the major characters. Much of the discussion of the Clinton sex scandal from the 90's that makes up a noticeable continuing conversation and thought lines now seems distracting. There are what I feel are a couple of sub plots in the book that never show in the movie that really make the book more interesting. Read this with new eyes as a separate distinct story from the movie.