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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
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Nov 19, 2008

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It took me awhile to get into this, but I ended up enjoying it. I think I read generally for characters more than for plot, and this book was all about plot. Eventually, the characters developed enough for me to care about them, to make the plot feel less like a (fictional) history lesson, and at its best, the book did put a very personal perspective on events. But there were still way too many long passages devoted to national events and political intrigue, and not enough about how this was all developing in the characters' lives.
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Linda I need more character development, too. And I have to admit that I skimmed (or maybe dozed off during) some of those passages you mention. I'm still not so sure I like his approach to using real historical figures in this way, although that's also what made things so compelling. (And also made me read about Walter Winchell ... who I knew only as the three-dot king ...)

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