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on September 7, 1999
My introduction to Philip Roth was Portnoy's Complaint. A wonderful book and a wonderful introduction. I am a huge fan of Roth. He is my favorite author. His early work is wonderful but over time he has worked in a more sophisticated manner and undertaken more complex issues. Reading Operation Shylock was proof of this. His use of language and the themes the book covered kept me reading late in the night on many occassions. This is not a book you can read easily or quickly. That, however, makes it worhtwile. Operation Shylock is a book you savour and contemplate long after finishing the last page.
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on July 1, 2000
Another good effort from Roth, but not his best by any means. The narrative technique is, like many of Roth's novels, clever and well executed. However, it also closely resembles a few of his other novels and leaves one appreciating his skill rather than simply enjoying the work. I can't recommend this to anyone who doesn't want to read a great deal about Zionism and Diasporism. It's a didactic, rather than a novelistic, book.
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on November 13, 1999
Philip roth has been touted as a great writer.I must admit, i was curious and bought this book in an effort to validate what others say.However, i must say that OPERATION SHYLOCK is one hell of a boring bland slow-paced book. Sure, the occasional paragraphs on religion did interest me slightly but the story sucks and the prose did not possess one ounce of magnetism.Trust me, mail me the $ if you have to, but don't waste it here.
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on July 15, 1999
In an interview published in the New Yorker about 5 years ago, film critic Pauline Kael said of Operation Shylock that it was « the funniest book since Naked Lunch ». Those striking words awoke my curiosity right away, and eventually, brought me to discover this truly hilarious and brilliant book - and then, over the years, other amazing works from one of the great living novelists.
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on November 9, 1999
Boring, slow moving plot. Too much discussion of the Jewish Diaspora, Zionism, and Demjanjuk. I couldn't finish this book fast enough.
Read "Goodbye, Columbus" or "Portnoy's Complaint" instead. Both are funnier and flow better than "Shylock".
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on July 21, 1998
Five years have passed since I first read OS and time has only improved the irony. Pollard's still in Jail, Oslo is floundering and Rabin is dead. What's so funny about leaving Israel to the Palestinians.
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on May 5, 2015
great read
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