The Plot Against America
Ever the innovator, Philip Roth enters a new genre at the age of 71. This alternate history novel marks a major, but logical departure for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In The Plot Against America, isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940... show more
Ever the innovator, Philip Roth enters a new genre at the age of 71. This alternate history novel marks a major, but logical departure for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In The Plot Against America, isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. The victory of the Lone Eagle generates successive waves of anti-Semitism, culminating in nationwide pogroms. From Newark, New Jersey, Roth's recurring character Philip and his Jewish family struggle to chisel out a safe place in this maelstrom of hatred.
Publish date: October 5th 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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This was a fascinating novel - mainly due to what I see on the news every day today. I loved the alternative history and the way Roth builds up the rise to fascism and the anti-Semitic tones of the story is impressive. The characters are also nicely done, but the story itself did not have me turni...
I came to this book not out of interest in the novels of Philip Roth, but as a fan of alternate history. And this book is unlike any alternate history novel I have ever read, or am ever likely to read. In essence, it's a faux-memoir of the childhood of "Philip Roth," a Jewish kid growing up in an Am...
This book was lent to me by my sister, who vaguely recollected that I liked the odd alternative history yarn here and there and suggested I read it ASAP. However, what I don't think she'd quite grasped was that my idea of 'alternative history' is really just fantastical tales of Victorian ladies and...
I liked Roth's style, which was eminently readable; I'd even describe the novel as a page-turner. The book's premise is fascinating: an alternate history where Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940 to become president of the United States and came to an accommodation with the ...
I was hesitant to even start The Plot Against America and within the first few pages I was audibly groaning. I didn't really want to read 391 pages of alternate history where the author takes his personal political philosophy and tries to pass it off as a story. But it was Philip Roth—the Philip Rot...