Remembrance of Proust in Henry Roth's Mega-Novel
Boyd, Reviewed Robert, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
A DIVING ROCK ON THE HUDSON A novel by Henry Roth 418 pages, St. Martin's Press, $23.95
ONE of the most remarkable things about this quite remarkable novel is a passage about a quarter of the way along in which the eightysomething-year-old Ira Stigman - Roth's autobiographical alter ego - attacks James Joyce's "Ulysses" for the "gall and ignorance" of Joyce's attempt to see the world from even a part-Jewish perspective.
It is a fit of rage that mirrors one that cost the teen-aged Ira a friendship that might have set his "nasty, muddled, contradictory, and confused" life on a different, saner course, and like the youthful fit, this fulmination against Joyce is …
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