Goodbye, Columbus

  • by Philip Roth
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Philip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.


What the Critics Say

"A masterpiece." (Newsweek)
"Unlike those of us who come howling into the world, blind and bare, Mr. Roth appears with nails, hair, teeth, speaking coherently. He is skilled, witty, energetic and performs like a virtuoso." (Saul Bellow)
"Superior, startling, incandescently alive." (The New Yorker)


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Customer Reviews

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Wasn't what I remember

I had fond memories reading this book in high school. For a while now I've wanted to go back and re-read it (err listen) partly to relive some of those feelings but also to remember why it had an impact on me in the first place. I really don't recall many books l from high school impact me, but this one did... I think.

But I just didn't like it the second time around. There were moments I had some emotion: I suspect my good memories were mostly around the passion that Neil and Brenda have as I recall being in a difficult relationship then.

But otherwise it just didn't hit me like it did. Or maybe I just don't remember right. I'm old now.
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- Jeff Solomon

Love begins and Assimilation

The winner of the 1960 National Book Award, the title story GOODBYE, COLUMBUS is of the end of love, discovered. It's actually a novella accompanied by 5 nice short stories. The novella is well worth the admission price, a tale of young love between two 20-somethings blending issues of the heart, class and the sexual mores at mid-20th century. It also explores differences among Jews as well as Jewish *assimilation* in the 50's.
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- W Perry Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books