American Pastoral

Roth, Philip

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
American Pastoral
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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 0375701427
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROTH 1998
Characteristics: 423 p. ;,21 cm


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A former athletic star, devoted family man, and entrepreneur finds his life coming apart during the 1960s when his daughter becomes a revolutionary terrorist.

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Nov 08, 2013
  • shaleen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I think the beauty of the book is the character development of each of the characters, each with a story in America. The author, Philip Roth manages to show the hollowness of the existence of each of the characters against the background of a broken America. The American Pastoral is in fact, far from pastoral, where pastoral is defined as, “having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas”. Roth writes beautifully, skillfully blending the story in to the American experience, the effects on the youth of the American war, the sadness of the Watergate investigations. He shows the effect on the parents of the stupidity of the daughter while showing equally the effect on the daughter of the hollowness of the parents.

Oct 15, 2013
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A very difficult book to read, violent and disorienting. I felt no compassion for the characters who seemed to have so little taste for making difficult decisions. The writer leads us along to a non-conclusion and I felt reading this book had been a complete waste of time. This is the third Roth book I have read and I did not really enjoy the others, but this was beyond the pale.

Sep 06, 2011
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A profoundly tragic book about a good man: ethical, hard-working, devoted to his family, who discovers too late that living the "right" kind of life is no buffer against great suffering. Although set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Newark riots, Swede Lvov's story could happen to anyone in modern America; that is its power and horror.

Dec 05, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winner 1998 Pulitzer prize.


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