Letting Go by Philip RothLetting Go by Philip Roth

Letting Go

byPhilip RothRead byLuke Daniels

Audio Book (CD) | February 4, 2014

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Letting Go is Philip Roth's first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa City, Letting Go presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints and by moral compulsions conspicuously different from those of today.Newly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother's recent death, freed from old attachments and hungrily seeking others, Gabe Wallach is drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate student in literature, and to Libby, Paul's moody, intense wife. Gabe's desire to be connected to the ordered "world of feeling" that he finds in books is first tested vicariously by the anarchy of the Herzes' struggles with responsible adulthood and then by his own eager love affairs. Driven by the desire to live seriously and act generously, Gabe meets an impassable test in the person of Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, a formidable woman who, according to critic James Atlas, is masterfully portrayed with "depth and resonance." The complex liaison between Gabe and Martha and Gabe's moral enthusiasm for the trials of others are at the heart of this ambitious first novel."[Roth] has the finest eye for the details of American life since Sinclair Lewis." - Stanley Edgar Hyman
In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for AMERICAN PASTORAL. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice w...
Title:Letting GoFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:6.5 × 7.13 × 1 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Brilliance AudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1480559091

ISBN - 13:9781480559097


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I loved the first book of the series. Good read
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a great read. The book was extremely repetitive and not well written. Most passages were long and had no point or didn't add any value to the story. I felt like the writer had no imagination and was copying ideas from other famous books but was making experience in her writing to make the book more interesting or more original.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hot and keeps you on edge I loved it! I couldn't put the book down. I couldn't wait to start book 2 that i bought it immediately.
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Maya Banks was great in other series I have read. This book was too repetitive that at least 12 chapters could have been 2 or 3. Very slow and not what I was expecting. Very disappointed. Too much for too little.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings... I fell head over heels for the description of the book in Maya’s website, I mean who wouldn't? A book about a man that has been in love, for years, with a woman he couldn't have because she was his best friend’s wife, has epic romance written all over it! Maybe my problem with this book was exactly my high expectations. [Warning: this review may contain minor spoilers.] So, Joss lost her husband, Carson, three years ago in a accident and she finally decides to move on with her life or, may I say, her sex life. Anyway, she saw herself as a submissive and had fantasies about being dominated, so she ends up bumping with Dash in her first visit to a BDSM club. And Dash is a dom, of course. Not much of a surprise but that scene was written perfectly. After that moment, I kept getting the feeling the story was going around in circles, it was like the book collapsed. Joss gave in pretty quickly after Dash confessed he always had feelings for her. I mean, your best friend’s husband, who you were never ever attracted to in any way, confesses he always wanted you and suddenly, BAAAM, you’re attracted to him too? It could work if Joss was 16 or so, but not like this. Maybe Dash should have been forced to fight for her a little longer at that point. But then it got worse, even though they jump fast into moving together, Joss spends a lot of her time thinking about her dead husband. I think the only times she didn’t think or mention Carson was when she was having sex with Dash and all this Carson mentions-thoughts were frustrating. And then, Dash,who desperately wanted Joss for years let it all fall down with a conflict that could have definitely been solved when she was at the hospital. The book was well written but I had to remind myself, constantly, that this was a Maya Banks book, it just felt too repetitive to be hers! I hope the next book in this trilogy gets better, I really liked Jensen but I bet Kylie is going to be as annoying in her own book as she was in this one.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Vry repetitive and fustrating. Story didnt progree until the end. Waste of time n money. Disappointed in the author.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book1 surrender trilogy Maya Banks I love your books! Another great page turner very well written Sexy,Romantic all of the above!! I hope that you never stop writing !!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Letting Go I thought this book was a great example for women. A woman who is independent and strong yet willing to allow a man take control. Great depth into this world most are afraid of. I loved the strong characters as well as the truly loving men.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh! Not thrilled. Maya usually doesnt disappoint but this one was kind of painful to read. I don't think I'll be looking at any of the others in this series.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Letting go great story line, can't wait for the next book
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The surrender trilogy Amazing read extremely well written
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pitiful This was a ridiculous book. It had the most bland storyline, boring characters with no personality, and unrealistic conversations that I have EVER read. And this is BDSM for crying out loud! You're pretty much guaranteed at least some excitement. Worse than that was the repetition. It wasn't just that the characters repeated the same words, which they did (if I had to read Dash say "damn" or "pretty little" (insert body part here), or "honey" one more DAMN time...), Maya Banks repeated monologues which were unnecessary in the first place. And not just once, there were the same longwinded proclamations that were in the first chapter all the way until the end. Obviously Maya Banks had nothing to say, and felt that if she continued to repeat all the stupid unnecessary dialogue over and over again then she could pretend to have written a book. What's most offensive about this book is that she has written a ton of books before this one, could've fooled me, it seemed like this was her first time stringing a paragraph together. Letting Go was the first and only book by Maya Banks that I will ever read.
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interested An interesting novel! Slow to start but does pick up nicely. A great ending.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Letting Go I love Maya Banks and have read most of her book, some several times, and will pre-order just because of of her name. I found Letting Go slow to start, I realize this was to probably develop characters, story line and lay ground work for the future books. This was one of the few books I skipped to the last chapter to see how it turns out, then continued the book. I am, however, looking forward to Giving In.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh. It wasn't such a horrible book to read, I am more excited to read the second one because it will be more mysterious than the first. The characters repeat a lot of what they say which bothered me a lot during my reading. Th story itself is so so. Don't have high expectations.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Riding on previous successes I enjoyed the Breathless series and bought this book based on that. It was repetitive and not nearly as good. But the worst part, was just when you thought, ok this is going to maybe get better, you turn the page and your at the Epilogue. Complete waste of money. I won't be buying anymore books
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Letting Go It was good. Not as good as the Breathless Trilogy but I think it was a good start for the first book in this series. I do look forward to ready the others!
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Letting Go I thought this was a good start to a new trilogy by Maya banks. I was not sure that she could top the breathless trilogy. I had to get use to the characters, once I did, I enjoyed the storyline. I'm looking forward to the next book . Thank Maya. You Rock !
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Letting Go Loved book,can't wait for second book.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Letting Go Good but to soft for me
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Letting go It was okay
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omg I loved it could not put it does again Maya has outdone herself once again. Omg esoecia giving us a glimpse at the previous characters from the sweet series. Can't wait for the 2nd part. Loved it!!!!;
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Letting Go I enjoyed the book. Can't wait for book 2.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Letting go I found this book very good but lacking some of the steamy scenes that I was expecting. Definitely a must read but not necessarily my favorite.
Date published: 2014-02-06