The Humbling, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Everything is over for Simon Axler. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent and his assurance.

When he goes on stage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot.

His wife has gone, his audience has left him, his agent can't persuade him to make a comeback.

In this long day's journey into night, told with Roth's inimitable urgency, bravura and gravity, all our life's performances - talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation - are stripped bare.




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I'm a big fan of Roth's earlier work, but this is far from his best work. The first 'act' has merit, the second is average and the third is dreadful. I think Roth should quit before he destroys his legacy altogether.

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