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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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In its way, “American Pastoral” (and the entire America Trilogy) is Roth’s true Bellow novel, an old left response to “Mr. Sammler’s Planet.” “Pastoral” is also the best novel about terrorism written by an American novelist, but one concerned with the human ramifications, not the ideology of motivation. Properly speaking, it is not really political at all, it is social, but a society at its most basic unit. This is not “The Wire,” there is no nihilistic attack on the system. Instead, it is people learning to accommodate, or not accommodate, themself to the culture at large, and those who are bounded to them.
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