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American pastoral

Author: Philip Roth
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998. ©1997
Series: American trilogy, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : FIrst Vintage International editionView all editions and formats
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This novel follows Seymour "Swede" Levov, a successful Jewish American businessman and former high school star athlete from Newark, New Jersey. Levov's happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, which in the novel is described as a manifestation of the "indigenous American berserk"; the author
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Genre/Form: Novela estadounidense
Novela estadounidense - Siglo XX
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Pastoral fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roth, Philip.
American pastoral.
New York : Vintage Books, 1998
(OCoLC)648340894
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Roth
ISBN: 0375701427 9780375701429 067653869X 9780676538694 0395860210 9780395860212
OCLC Number: 37625588
Notes: "Originally published in hard cover in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, in 1997"--Title page verso.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1998.
Description: 423 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: American trilogy, 1.
Responsibility: Philip Roth.
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This novel follows Seymour "Swede" Levov, a successful Jewish American businessman and former high school star athlete from Newark, New Jersey. Levov's happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, which in the novel is described as a manifestation of the "indigenous American berserk"; the author investigates the century's most divisive and explosive of decades, the 1960s. As the Swede grows older and America grows crazier, history sweeps his family inexorably into its grip: His own daughter, Merry, commits an unpardonable act of "protest" against the Vietnam war that ultimately severs the Swede from any hope of happiness, family, or spiritual coherence.

An ordinary man finds that his life has been made extraordinary by the catastrophic intrusion of history when, in 1968 his adored daughter plants a bomb that kills a stranger, hurling her father out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Swede Levov is an upstanding individual who believes in the American Dream, but his daughter Merry has a different dream, to get America out of Vietnam and she kills innocent people to achieve it. For the father it is the end of the world, he has lost his daughter.

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Roth's American Pastoral

by kennethgibson (WorldCat user published 2014-05-23) Excellent Permalink

Philip Roth’s American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for a reason. It is everything an intelligent historical fiction novel should be…plausible, fact-based, multi-layered, and empathetic, among other qualities. Spanning three generations of a New Jersey Jewish family, we see the...
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