American Pastoral (Paperback)Philip Roth (author)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 1998
American Pastoral is perhaps Philip Roth’s masterpiece. Slipping into his Zuckerman sequence (briskly followed by I Married a Communist in the following year), the novel charts the slow-motion destruction of a once-ideal life.
Narrated by Nathan Zuckerman, American Pastoral focuses on Seymour "Swede" Levov, the son of a successful glove manufacturer whose business he eventually inherits. Handsome, wealthy, his story is the American Dream made real.
However, all that is shattered by the political radicalisation of his daughter, a girl outraged by the horrors of the Vietnam war. To his abject horror, her role in an act of extreme, home-turf terrorism rips his life apart: American Pastoral unpicks that downfall, the Swede’s story partly seen through the prism of his younger brother Jerry and Zuckerman’s own encounters with this most tragic of figures.
Sweeping in the political anarchy and sadness of post-Vietnam America, Roth vividly captured the end of a certain innocence, when 60s idealism was swept aside by dark and unstoppable forces.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
Marvellous... Raging and elegaic - Guardian
Full of insight, full of sharp ironic twists, full of wisdom about American idealism, and full of terrific fun... A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years - Financial Times
A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel - The Times
Wonderful, rich...entirely gripping - Sunday Telegraph
A momentous novel - Observer
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