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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.
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Ferociously misogynous. Highly recommended.
The review of this Book 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 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Jew    -   American Northeast Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife 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


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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