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Goodbye, Columbus Summary
Philip Roth

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Goodbye, Columbus Summary


The novella "Goodbye, Columbus" was first published in Roth's 1959 collection, Goodbye, Columbus, and Five Short Stories, which won the National Book Award. Other stories in the collection include "The Conversion of the Jews," "Epstein," "Defender of the Faith," "You Can't Tell a Man by the Song He Sings," and "Eli, the Fanatic." "Goodbye, Columbus" was adapted to the screen in the 1969 movie by the same title, produced by Paramount, directed by Larry Peerce and starring Ali McGraw and Richard Benjamin.

"Goodbye, Columbus" is narrated from the point of view of Neil Klugman, a twenty-threeyear- old Jewish man who lives with his aunt and uncle in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, and works at a public library. It concerns his relationship over the course of one summer with Brenda Patimkin, an upper-middleclass Jewish college student staying with her family in the suburbs. Their relationship is characterized by the...

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