I remember back when this book was first released, I simply could not fork over the hardcover price for something so thin. In retrospect, I’m glad I waited for the soft cover.
I can’t say I disliked Everyman, but I also can’t say I especially liked it. Roth is an expert wordsmith and his plot and characters are well conceived, and the actual structure of the timeline in this story is interestingly executed, but it’s ultimately a story that I simply did not care about. Perhaps it is geared towards an older crowed due to its dealings with elderly mortality, and, as a younger man, I had trouble relating.
That said, Roth is certainly deserving of all the accolades he’s collected over the years, but in the end, Everyman did not capture this reader’s imagination.