Call It Sleep
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By Henry Roth

fiction | 480 pages | Published in 2013

When Henry Roth published his debut novel Call It Sleep in 1934, it was greeted with considerable critical acclaim though, in those troubled times, lackluster sales. Only with its paperback publication thirty years later did this novel receive the recognition it deserves—--and still enjoys. Having sold-to-date millions of copies worldwide, Call It Sleep is the magnificent story of David Schearl, the "dangerously imaginative" child coming of age in the slums of New York.

ISBN_13:9781466855281
ISBN_10:1466855282

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Fear unflinchingly added to itself, rousing phantoms to phantom hosts, all mingling with the stark terrifying reflection of his father.

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He knew now that the world descended, not ascended. It was a descending, a hell.

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Oh, where can one find rest from the hounding bafflings of the self?

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To lie back wrapped about in warmth! How wonderful! It was almost not worth while ever to rise again from such a place.

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His mind had slipped, staggering under the blow of utterance.

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They formed into a legion of whispers that racked him with shame.

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But he still believed a way out could be found—some bit of magic, some forgotten secret. It lay about him, yet he could not grasp it.

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The mystery of being had long ago reduced him to an appendix.

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There was a sullen flicker in his eyes.

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He stood buffered up by the sheltering sky.

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