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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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Sep 09, 09

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This book was a knock out. Laugh out loud funny in one sentence and then deadly in the next. The theme is staid, linear, conservative Jewish America bumping up against the upheavals of the 1960s. The author's small world of Jewish Newark has barely expanded the narrow foothold it has on the coast and that collisions with the "Indigenous American Berserk" can result in disaster.

I like to compare this book with the book about Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes that Greil Marcus put out a few years ago: The Old, Weird America The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes: The Invisible Republic. Marcus' book attempts to describe a pre-war, gothic and weird America that is hard to find these days. Roth's characters find it in spades.
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