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American pastoral

by Philip Roth

  Print book : Fiction  |  FIrst Vintage International edition

Roth's American Pastoral   (2014-05-23)


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by kennethgibson

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 assimilation of the glove-making, Levov, patriarch into American working middle class culture, and the perfect son who assumes the business, marries the beauty queen, and ascends into upper class society only to watch his radical ideologue daughter devolve into a domestic terrorist in the name of stopping the Vietnam war. Through the Levov’s rise and fall, Roth imparts to the reader that everyone’s life is always complex, sometimes messy, and absolutely subject to fate’s intervention.

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