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What tells you a book's not right for you?


The Updike Beck books
Philip Roth Writer
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The books I like least are – and if he were here he would say, of course you do – are the... the Beck books.  Beck, the writer who he writes about, this Jewish writer he writes about.  And he puts all his writing experiences into the life of this... a Jewish writer, Beck.  I'm not convinced by those stories. 

The fame of the American writer Philip Roth (1933-2018) rested on the frank explorations of Jewish-American life he portrayed in his novels. There is a strong autobiographical element in much of what he wrote, alongside social commentary and political satire. Despite often polarising critics with his frequently explicit accounts of his male protagonists' sexual doings, Roth received a great many prestigious literary awards which include a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997, and the 4th Man Booker International Prize in 2011.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Beck

Duration: 28 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2011

Date story went live: 18 March 2013