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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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Dec 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from January 09 to 16, 2012

If this is a book about white flight and the guilt of those who abandoned Newark then it's a very good book. If it's a book about Newark, it's really lacking. Anything it says about Newark after the riots is tainted with the fear and ignorance the average white suburbanite has had of cities since the fifties. Possibly that's the point of the book so I shouldn't be that hard on it.
If it's a book about the anti-war movement or the left in the late sixties and early seventies it is severely lacking. Many people got involved in domestic terrorism or communes or Jainism in that period and few of them were as one dimensional and childish as the daughter in this book. Again, this could be an attempt to expose the cluelessness of the father, but I'm not entirely sure.

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