I Married a Communist

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  • Title: I Married a Communist
  • Author: Philip Roth
  • ISBN: 9780375707216
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.In his heyday as a star and as a zealous, bullying supporter of progressive political causesI Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.In his heyday as a star and as a zealous, bullying supporter of progressive political causes Ira marries Hollywood s beloved silent film star, Eve Frame Their glamorous honeymoon in her Manhattan townhouse is shortlived, however, and it is the publication of Eve s scandalous bestselling expos that identifies him as an American taking his orders from Moscow In this story of cruelty, betrayal, and revenge spilling over into the public arena from their origins in Ira s turbulent personal life, Philip Roth who Commonweal calls the master chronicler of the American twentieth century has written a brilliant fictional portrayal of that treacherous postwar epoch when the anti Communist fever not only infected national politics but traumatized the intimate, innermost lives of friends and families, husbands and wives, parents and children.

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  • Philip Roth

    Philip Milton Roth is an American novelist He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus winner of 1960 s National Book Award , cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy s Complaint, and has continued to write critically acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and include American Pastoral 1997 winner of the Pulitzer Prize In May 2011, he won the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement in fiction.

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  • In this second book in the the American Trilogy, the author Philip Roth is present as his alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, in this fictional biography of Ira Ringold, husband to a sophisticated but fading Hollywood star, Eve Frame. Ira Ringold was a ditchdigger in the 1930s in Newark, a stevedore, a star presenter of a radio show called "The Free and the Brave" in the 1940s, and a devoted Stalinist in the McCarthy era of the 1950s, after his service in the Second World War. Ira's brother, Murray Rin [...]


  • Ξεχωριστή θέση θα κατέχει στην καρδιά μου αυτό το βιβλίο. Όπως και το προηγούμενο της τριλογίας. Ο Ροθ είναι αντιδραστικά τρυφερός γραφιάς, ξεροκέφαλος και ιδεαλιστής σε σημείο να σου μεταλαμπαδεύει με άνεση την χαοτική του φιλοσοφία χωρίς να γίνεται απαισιόδοξος ή σκληρό [...]


  • “As an artist the nuance is your task. Your task is not to simplify. Even should you choose to write in the simplest way, a la Hemingway, the task remains to impart the nuance, to elucidate the complication, to imply the contradiction. Not to erase the contradiction, not to deny the contradiction, but to see where, within the contradiction, lies the tormented human being. To allow for the chaos, to let it in. You must let it in. Otherwise you produce propaganda, if not for a political party, a [...]


  • And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.This often overlooked, underrated sequel to American Pastoral is a sleeper of a novel. It caught me by surprise. I struggled through the first fifty pages or so, through some dense politically tinged backstory told by a 90 year old guy named Murray Ringold. How interesting can this be, I asked myself.It's not nearly as sexy, and doesn't have the star quality of American Pastoral. I mean, it's largely a 90 year old's soliloquy, for goodness' s [...]


  • A truly important and courageous book about the hidden war of McCarthy during the 50s. Devastating, it is still all too relevant today. I will not go into the story details in order to avoid spoilers but I will say the following:1/ Philip Roth is an amazing writer and this book is a perfect and beautiful sequel of sorts to American Pastoral2/ Nathan Zuckerman is an amazing narrator and his personal involvement with Ira and Murray Ringold is a wonderful narrative device3/ The story of anti-Semiti [...]


  • Of course it should not be too surprising to find out that your life story has included an event, something important, that you have known nothing about--your life story is in and of itself something that you know very little about. –Nathan ZuckermanIf it weren’t for mistakes I would still be home sitting on the front stoop.—Nathan ZuckermanI Married a Communist is the follow-up to American Pastoral, in the middle of a trilogy, set partly in Newark and partly in Chicago, read mainly becaus [...]


  • 4.5/5 Νομίζω ότι το δεύτερο βιβλίο της τριλογίας μου άρεσε εξίσου με το πρώτο Ό Ροθ συνεχίζει την αποδόμηση του αμερικανικού ονείρου. Μου κάνει φοβερή εντύπωση το πόσο καλά δομημένοι είναι οι χαρακτήρες του που παλεύουν να καταλάβουν τι πήγε στραβά και να αντισταθούν στις αδ [...]


  • Of course it should not be too surprising to find out that your life story has included an event, something important, that you have known nothing about--your life story is in and of itself something that you know very little about. –Nathan ZuckermanIf it weren’t for mistakes I would still be home sitting on the front stoop.—Nathan ZuckermanI Married a Communist is the follow-up to American Pastoral, in the middle of a trilogy, set partly in Newark and partly in Chicago, read mainly becaus [...]


  • Ανακάλυψα πρόσφατα τον Φίλιπ Ροθ και με ενθουσίασε!Αλήθεια τι έκανα τόσο καιρό;Ένας ακόμη λογοτεχνικός στόχος τέθηκε:να διαβάσω όλα του τα έργα!Παρακάτω λίγα λόγια μου για το παραπάνω διαμαντάκι dreamersandco/2016/12/pantΈνα μυθιστόρημα βαθιά πολιτικό & ανθρώπινο, που αφορά προδοσί [...]


  • Some people have claimed that Philip Roth is being less than chivalrous here about his ex-wife, which if true is not to his credit. But the book is worth it just for the scene where the daughter of the best-selling bodice-ripping author reads aloud a passage from her mother's latest bonkbuster, loosely based on the story of Abelard and Heloise. Her frantic attempts not to giggle as she describes Abelard's proud manhood are somehow a definitive statement on a whole genre of literature. It's never [...]


  • Ο Φίλιπ Ροθ έχει έναν μοναδικό τρόπο να σκιαγραφεί, να ανιχνεύει, να ακτινογραφεί και να κάνει όλες αυτές τις τομές με την γραφή του, προκειμένου να μας περιδινήσει μέσα στην Αμερικάνικη κοινωνία της δεκαετίας του 50, του 60 αλλά και του 70. Και όποιος τον διαβάζει, όλο και κάποι [...]


  • Mi sono concessa un'ora dalla fine della lettura prima di scrivere questa recensione, ma il mio giudizio non è affatto cambiato in questi sessanta minuti.Philip Roth è uno di quegli autori di cui, a mio parere, si deve assolutamente leggere qualcosa. La sua abilità nel costruire "palazzi" di letteratura è impareggiabile. L'approccio alle storie che racconta è sempre immediato e totale: ci si ritrova catapultati in mezzo alle parole scritte da cui è difficile poi uscirne.Ho sposato un comun [...]


  • حیف این کتاب که متاسفانه ترجمه اش خیلی بد بود. یعنی به نظر می رسید حتی یک بار هم ویراستاری نشده که از انتشارات نیلوفر بعید بود


  • ”Casei Com Um Comunista” (1998) é o segundo romance da denominada Trilogia Americana, juntamente com Pastoral Americana”(1997) e “A Mancha Humana” (2000) – do escritor Philip Roth (n. 1933) que tem como narrador o seu alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman. (view spoiler)[”Está certo eu fazer isto? É fácil para mim fazê-lo? Acreditem, está longe de ser fácil. É a tarefa mais terrível e mais difícil de toda a minha vida. Qual é o meu motivo? Perguntarão as pessoas. Como posso consid [...]


  • Roth racconta la vita di Ira Ringold, attore, attivista sindacale comunista, narrata a Nathan Zuckerman, solito alter ego dello scrittore, dal fratello di Ira, il profesor Murray Ringold. Le vicende di Ira si inseriscono nel contesto sociale degli anni '50 negli Usa, uno dei periodi più caldi della storia del paese. Oltre alla descrizione come sempre precisa e approfondita delle vicende americane dell'epoca, in questo libro ho ritrovato quello che a mio avviso è il motivo ripetuto in tutti i s [...]


  • This wonderful book reminded me that there was a vibrant radical movement in the States before the '60's. Ira Ringold is almost a tragical figure to me with the full Aristotelian meaning: he is exalted to a prominent figure of both the Communist Party and his professional circles. He is strong, self confident and above all idealist. He struggles to fit in his new life among the rich and famous of New York after marrying his super-famous co-protagonist, which, I believe, represents the apolitical [...]


  • 4,5/5 un excellent livre qui se déroule dans une Amérique des années 50 anti-communiste et qui constitue de ce fait une très bonne introduction au sujet. Excellent également pour démontrer comment ce genre de "courants" peut embarquer avec lui pour des mauvaises raisons des tas de jeunes, un bon livre sur la manipulation à différents niveaux et sur différents sujets, c'est un roman politique, psychologique mais aussi un très bon livre sur la famille. Il est excellent et très intellige [...]


  • Scrivo a caldo, ho finito di leggere da 10 minuti questo libro.È straordinario, Roth è sorprendente ogni volta di più, davvero stellare. Da questo libro esce la profonda imperfezione dell'uomo e dell'umanità. Consigliatissimo.


  • I really liked this book. I am an aspiring leftist (you know what I mean) and a red sympathizer and this book is a buildungsroman about both.As well as the social forces (paranoia, tabloid, racism) that threaten to pull people under also does an excellent job of capturing late american adolsecnce that feels one way but sees every which way, if that makes any sense.Also does a pretty respectable job of allegorizing the attributes that make socialism/communism attractive as well as weak and danger [...]


  • Maybe retrospect will make me feel more kindly toward this one: from the description of Nixon's funeral on into the end, Roth touches on an energy, a tension, an uncertainty that everything that came before came up short in. Suddenly, Murray and Zuckerman's relationship becomes real; suddenly, the story takes on a life outside of itself, a significance that's then subverted into beautifully rendered insignificance; suddenly, Roth's expanded the double-narrative into a triple-narrative, taking ad [...]


  • Although this is an interesting book, I do feel it is not up to the standard of The Human Stain. The incredible power of that book was missing from this one. Yet I loved the characterisation of Hollywood starlet and radio star Eve Frame. It was mesmerising. What a disaster of a woman, brilliantly portrayed!


  • Um livro rico e complexo. Uma escrita contundente, rigorosa e exigente. Indicada para leitores-adultos!Philip Roth é um Escritor-a-Sério.Joga na Liga dos Campeões da Literatura Contemporânea :)


  • After reading American Pastoral and hearing this was the title of the second book in the American Trilogy, I couldn't wait to read it. Plus with Philip Roth at the helm I was ready for a great read.This book deals with the post WW2 America and deals with free speech. What does it mean to live in the land of liberty when the ruling party became paranoid about communism? How can America be afraid of Korean communists coming to destroy America 6,000 miles away? How can a small number of people topp [...]


  • How do you process a big, bombastic, messy book like this? On the surface, a scant plot: Ira Ringold's wife, Eve Frame, outs him as a Communist in a tawdry memoir. Roth's perennial narrator-cum-alter ego, Nathaniel Zuckerman, interviews Ira's brother to see what really happened in those Cold War days. The result? Complex and conflicted characters torn between the promises of various idealisms and the harder realities of their hypocritical desires: bourgeois comfort, power, sex and revenge. Roth' [...]


  • 'I Married a Communist' is a challenging read in a good way. The story is plotted out in a non-linear fashion, which really forces the reader to stay focused, especially when it comes to the multiple layers of characterization of different characters. The non-conventional plotting is not just a gimmick either, but rather an essential and integral part of the story. The book is firmly rooted in history, and even though it is not essential to *know* the time period, a bit of background knowledge [...]


  • - I don't think this is a novel about communism, maccarthism and whatever;- Obviously best pages of this book are those about Ira family: him and Sylphid and Eve I think those are the reason why this book was written in the first place. Perhaps some Roth's personal life and revenge was involved - I don't know and really don't want to. But as a piece of literature this is the part of the book which is interesting. - Ira is btw female Russian name (not only irish party :)- The book is about how pe [...]


  • شوهر کمونیست من، کتابی است از نویسنده آمریکایی فیلیپ راث، و خیلی چیزها از آمریکای سال های پس از جنگ جهانی دوم و دوران سرد می آموزید و با روایتی جذاب، گذر «شنونده» داستان از میان اساتید و معلمانش را می بینید و به نظرم، مهمتر از همه، داستان فراز و فرود یک آمریکایی کمونیست را می ب [...]


  • I stopped reading Philip Roth as a teenager and I can see why. His writing is excellent but the book is very male oriented. The main character is a teenage boy who is very interested in manly men; he admires big, strong, intelligent, intellectual men as models for who he wants to become. The women characters are quite badly done. I'm giving him 3 stars for his writing and his portrayal of the Red Scare of the 50s. But I don't think I'll pick up another of his books anytime soon.


  • "Ho sposato un comunista" ha il limite maggiore nel fatto di essere stato scritto subito dopo il capolavoro Pastorale Americana e di ripercorrerne per molti aspetti l'ispirazione ed il metodo, Anche qui abbiamo un protagonista di cui si narra l'ascesa e la rapida caduta con accorata partecipazione ed il punto di vista narrativo da parte di un personaggio secondario ma per buona parte testimone diretto delle vicende (per inciso lo stesso personaggio Nathan Zuckerman); Ira Ringold ha molte analogi [...]


  • Many authors are vengeful deities, intent upon bringing woe to their creations. Few Roth creations have endured greater divine malice than Nathan Zuckerman, stripped of family, love, his people, and creative energy. By the American Trilogy, Roth has even taken away his health, leaving the metaphor of the “Anatomy Lesson” complete and upfront. “I Married a Communist” takes this one further, stripping Zuckerman of his happy past as well. Like Zuckerman’s first appearance in “My Life as [...]


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