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American Pastoral (1997) [Novel]
by Philip Roth Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: American Trilogy
Part: 1

Summary (From the publisher):

As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move in to a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.

For Swede's adored daughter, Merry has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is one of Roth's best novels.

Original title: American Pastoral
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction


  • Dedication: "To J.G."

Edition #1: American Pastoral

American Pastoral (1997)
Awards: Pulitzer Prize: Fiction (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "One of Roth's most powerful novels ever... moving, generous and ambitious... a fiercely affecting work of art." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • "Dazzling... a wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel... gorgeous." Boston Globe
  • "At once expansive and painstakingly detailed.... The pages of American Pastoral crackle with the electricity and zest of a first-rate mind at work." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Never before has Roth written with such clear conviction. Never before has he assembled so many fully formed characters." Time
  • "An incandescent fiction.... American Pastoral scintillates with more Rothian wit, paradox, eloquent tantrums and absurd pratfalls placed at the exit of each irresistible argument than can be counted.... He strikes a vivid blaze." Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Roth has beaten pain and rage into a beautiful shape. American Pastoral is elaborately patterned and layered, ingeniously crafted to contain, even as it amplifies, a cathartic, barbaric yawp." New York Observer
  • "Wrenching, skillfully told... a novel not to be missed." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "Deeply moving.... Roth achieves a masterpiece... a literary triumph." Playboy
  • "A gripping, emotionally charged novel." People
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American Pastoral (1997)

ISBN: 0375701427

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