Goodbye Columbus Pdf
Goodbye, Columbus is a 1959 collection of fiction by the American novelist Philip Roth, comprising the title novella “Goodbye, Columbus”—which first appeared in The Paris Review—and five short stories. It was his first book and was published by Houghton Mifflin. In addition to the title novella, set in New Jersey, Goodbye, Columbus contains the five short stories “The Conversion of the Jews,” “Defender of the Faith,” “Epstein,” “You Can’t Tell a Man by the Song He Sings,” and “Eli, the Fanatic.” Each story deals with the concerns of second and third-generation assimilated American Jews as they leave the ethnic ghettos of their parents and grandparents and go on to college, to white-collar professions, and to live in the suburbs.
Goodbye Columbus Summary
The title story of the collection, Goodbye, Columbus, was an irreverent look at the life of middle-class Jewish Americans, satirizing, according to one reviewer, their “complacency, parochialism, and materialism.” It was controversial with reviewers, who were highly polarized in their judgments. The story is told by the narrator, Neil Klugman, who is working in a low-paying position in the Newark Public Library. He lives with his Aunt Gladys and Uncle Max in a working-class neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. One summer, Neil meets and falls for Brenda Patimkin, a student at Radcliffe College who is from a wealthy family living in the affluent suburb of Short Hills. The novella explores the classism which afflicts the relationship, despite the fact that Brenda’s father, Ben, came from the same environment as Neil. The issue of ethnic assimilation is intrinsic since Brenda is more assimilated than Neil.
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Name Of the Novel: Goodbye Columbus
Author: Philip Roth
Genre: Novella, short story collection
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication date: May 7, 1959
Media type: Print (hardback & paperback)
Followed by: Letting Go
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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