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American Pastoral - Philip Roth
American Pastoral
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As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up... show more
As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longer-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth's masterpiece.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780099771814 (0099771810)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 423
Edition language: English
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literatura sautée
literatura sautée rated it
5.0
Powieść Philipa Rotha z 1997 roku to jedna z najważniejszych pozycji w jego obszernej bibliografii.Amerykańska sielanka stanowi pierwszą (i najlepszą) część cyklu powieści o najnowszej historii Stanów Zjednoczonych – pozostałe to Wyszłam za komunistę i Ludzka skaza. Powieść jest też jedną z najbardz...
msleighm books
msleighm books rated it
2.5
2.5 stars I really enjoy Philip Roth short stories - and that's saying something, because overall, I generally don't like short stories. So when I got this book (thank you CZH), I was very excited to read one of his books, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, no less! It took me weeks to get through the...
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afeministreviews rated it
Review from June 2010: [My opinions aren't quite clear to me when it comes to this book. Usually I can definitively say where I stand with a text, but American Pastoral challenges that notion. The first third of the book, I felt, was uninteresting. Perhaps because I wasn't aware of the narrator an...
The Lazy Blogger - Rose Mary Boehm
The Lazy Blogger - Rose Mary Boehm rated it
5.0
I won't repeat what it says on the back of the cover except for the last sentence: "Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth's masterpiece." Quite.As far as the plot goes, it's relatively straight forward. Man grows up, marries out of h...
Bettie's Books
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1.0 American Pastoral
on mp33* The Human Stain1* American Pastoral2* Everymanabandoned at 30% mark.Next.
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