AMERICAN PASTORAL

AMERICAN PASTORAL

By: Roth, Philip

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With this beautifully crafted and majestically sad novel, Philip Roth deliv ers an unalloyed masterpiece, a book that is at once a portrait of a determ inedly ordinary man made extraordinary by the catastrophic intrusion of his tory and an elegy for the American dream of prosperity, civic order, and do mestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov. A star athlete at his Newark high school , he comes of age in the booming postwar years, when a grandson of immigran ts could marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit a thriving glove factory, and buy a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. But one day in 1968, Swede's luck fails him. For on that day his adored dau ghter, Merry, a loving child who has turned into a sullen, fanatical teenag er, plants a bomb at Old Rimrock's post office -- a bomb that kills a stran ger and hurls Swede out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the in digenous American berserk. Tenderly evoking the vanished utopia of the 1940s and '50s and gazing fearlessly into the abyss of the ensuing decades, American Pastoral is a masterpiece in a tradition as ancient as Sophocles and as current as today's headlines. It is fueled by rage and sorrow, great compassion for its characters, and a narrative pulse that is wholly irresistible.

Title: AMERICAN PASTORAL

Author Name: Roth, Philip

Categories: General Fiction,

Publisher: Vintage Books: 2005

ISBN Number: 0099771810

ISBN Number 13: 9780099771814

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000051586