American Pastoral

American Pastoral

Book - 1997
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997
ISBN: 9780375701429
Branch Call Number: F ROTH-P
Characteristics: p. cm


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Jul 23, 2018

NY interview with Phillip Roth Jul 2018

Jun 11, 2018

JUST KEEP READING! I started this novel when Roth was alive and unfortunately finished a week after his passing. Super slow and head-scratching in the beginning, but the last 150 pages you do not want to put the book down. Still easily relative and I enjoyed very much being a Jersey girl (although not from those ports).

ArapahoeJeremiah Mar 28, 2018

One of the best literary novels I've ever read. It certainly deserves its Pulitzer Prize.

Feb 08, 2018

This may be the best American novel ever written. Five stars!

Oct 19, 2017

Not my style, 50 pages in and nothing has happened but having dinner with a friend's brother. Can't even finish it, the descriptions are so long and boring.

Won the Pulitzer prize?? The most boring and redundant book I believe I have ever read. Where were Roth's editors? May have made an okay short story.

Mar 11, 2017

Slow pace - brilliant writing. Philip Roth is one of my favourite authors.

Mar 09, 2017

I had a difficult time even starting this novel, so I gave up too early to "star" rate it fairly. I thought it had a lot to do with the daughter of the protagonist during the Vietnam era, but I got totally bogged down in 1940s characters. I think a better approach would have been to start in the 1960s and then, if necessary, move back a bit to understand the parents of the daughter.

Nov 19, 2016


So after completing a couple dozen books so far this year this book really reminded me there is a huge difference between a good story with good writing, and an absolute masterpiece.

It is a shame reading some other reviews on here giving this book 1 star and saying it is terrible. The idea I or someone would skip over this book because of those reviews is a travesty.

This is an incredibly enriching book, with immense depth, nuance, and lyrical prose bringing to life the tumultuous world of the Vietnam war, the SDS, the Weatherman, the Mets, love, loss, fear, religion, and what it means to be an American.

Read it.

Apr 28, 2015

This book is rare genius.

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