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Title:American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
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Publisher:Vintage
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Number of Pages:432
Category:Fiction, Classics, Literature, Novels

American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1) by Philip Roth

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1) Pulitzer Prize Winner b .

In i American Pastoral i Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century s promises of prosperity civic order and domestic bliss Roth s protagonist is Seymour Swede Levov a legendary high school athlete a devoted family man a hard worker the prosperous inheritor of his father s Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving triumphant post war America And then one day in 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 Roth s masterpiece

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The famous confession of Alexander Portnoy who is thrust through life by his unappeasable sexuality yet held back at the same time by the iron grip of his unforgettable childhood Hilariously funny boldly intimate startlingly candid i Portnoy s Complaint i was an immediate bestseller upon its publication in and is perhaps Roth s best known book br br i Portnoy s Complaint i n after Alexander Portnoy A disorder in which strongly felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings often of a perverse nature Spielvogel says Acts of exhibitionism voyeurism fetishism auto eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful as a consequence of the patient s morality however neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution particularly in the form of castration Spielvogel O The Puzzled Penis i Internationale Zeitschrift fur Psychoanalyse i Vol XXIV p it is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother child relationship, Winner of the National Book Award br Roth s award winning first book about Neil Klugman Brenda Patimkin and their relationship which tests the boundaries of suspicion social class and love instantly established its author s reputation as a writer of explosive wit merciless insight and a fierce compassion for even the most self deluding of characters, In the stifling heat of equatorial Newark a terrifying epidemic is raging threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maiming paralysis lifelong disability and even death This is the startling theme of Philip Roth s wrenching new book a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of and the effect it has on a closely knit family oriented Newark community and its children At the center of i Nemesis i is a vigorous dutiful twenty three year old playground director Bucky Cantor a javelin thrower and weightlifter who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries Focusing on Cantor s dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground and on the everyday realities he faces Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed the fear the panic the anger the bewilderment the suffering and the pain Moving between the smoldering malodorous streets of besieged Newark and Indian Hill a pristine children s summer camp high in the Poconos whose mountain air was purified of all contaminants Roth depicts a decent energetic man with the best intentions struggling in his own private war against the epidemic Roth is tenderly exact at every point about Cantor s passage into personal disaster and no less exact about the condition of childhood Through this story runs the dark questions that haunt all four of Roth s late short novels i Everyman Indignation The Humbling i and now i Nemesis i What kind of accidental choices fatally shape a life How does the individual withstand the onslaught of circumstance, Philip Roth s new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss regret and stoicism The bestselling author of i The Plot Against America i now turns his attention from one family s harrowing encounter with history i New York Times i to one man s lifelong skirmish with mortality br br The fate of Roth s everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood and into his old age when he is rended by observing the deterioration of his contemporaries and stalked by his own physical woes br br The terrain of this powerful novel is the human body Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all