The Human Stain | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of The Human Stain.
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SOURCE: Charles, Ron. “Rage Is All the Rage in America.” Christian Science Monitor (11 May 2000): 18.

In the following review, Charles offers a laudatory assessment of The Human Stain.

Shhhhh.

Philip Roth has written another brilliant novel, but almost anything you read about The Human Stain will spoil the effect. Several reviewers have already blown it. (They should be forced to watch The Crying Game 100 times.) If you plan to read the book, beware what else you read about it.

Roth's favorite narrator and alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, is back to tell the surprising life story of Coleman Silk, “an outgoing, sharp-witted, forcefully smooth big-city charmer.” At a time when Silk should be attending dedicatory ceremonies with other retired professors, he finds himself raging against a politically correct mob that drove him from the halls of Athena College.

At the height of his power as dean at Athena, Coleman made...

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