Category Archives: Henry Roth

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it.

Much as I’m a massive fan of literature in translation, there are certain reading joys that only really come with understanding the precise nuances of the author’s chosen language.  The moment when I realised that my reading would only ever be … Continue reading

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If James Joyce had been brought up in a Manhattan Slum: ‘Call it Sleep’ by Henry Roth (1934)

I’d originally intended this post to be a companion piece to my review of ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn‘ – the immigrant experience in Manhattan rather than Williamsburg.  Then I realised it would be a bit like comparing Rupert Brooke’s … Continue reading

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