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MY LIFE AS A MAN is a book published by Philip Roth in 1974.

Peter Tarnopol is a very successful young writer trying to get rid of his psychotic wife Maureen by all the New-York legal ways. Condemned to pay high alimonies to her, he wants to describe their relationship in his second novel. He will be helped in his task by Dr. Spielvogel, a psychiatrist who's patiently hearing Peter's nightmarish souvenirs. Peter Tarnopol will discover, a little too late, that he can't adopt in everyday life the same behaviour and attitudes of the heroes of the great novels of Literature.

Ferociously misogynous. Highly recommended.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   late discovery that lover does bad Life of a profession:    -   writer Inside culture (main char)    -   Jew Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Outside culture (society)    -   American Northeast If story of urban/rural...    -   Big city life Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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