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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

The Plot Against America (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Philip Roth (Author)

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Roth creates a mesmerizing alternate world as well, in which Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR in the 1940 presidential election, and Philip, his parents and his brother weather the storm in Newark, N.J. Incorporating Lindbergh's actual radio address in which he accused the British and the Jews of trying to force America into a foreign war, Roth builds an eerily logical narrative that shows how isolationists in and out of government, emboldened by Lindbergh's blatant anti-Semitism (he invites von Rippentrop to the White House, etc.), enact new laws and create an atmosphere of religious hatred that culminates in nationwide pogroms.… (more)
Title:The Plot Against America
Authors:Philip Roth (Author)
Info:Vintage (2005), Edition: 1st, 391 pages
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An alternate history of the U.S. with the election of Charles Lindbergh in 1942 unseating FDR with a pledge to keep the U.S. out of WWII. The story was plausible and mildly entertaining until the last 50 pages and then it was just a bit bazaar; but then it is alternate history! ( )
  Tess_W | Mar 24, 2020 |
Great what-if novel ( )
  duke_1138 | Feb 25, 2020 |
Every time I read a Roth novel I think: here is the best writer working today. There was so much richness in this story, such assurance, such maturity. So much meaning is packed into the language of this novel--language that superficially resembles straightforward story-telling and is so much more. I feel so taken care of as a reader. The story begins when the protagonist is in third grade and somehow Roth captures all the vulnerability and smartness of this little boy without ever letting go of the assured authorial voice that guides the story forward. No present-tense antics. No trying to write the way an 8 year old might talk in Fiction Land. Just lovely, lovely prose, an unfolding of a story that captivated me with its imagination and with its humanity. Thank you Mr. Roth. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
The ability of Philip Roth to so completely express the mental and spiritual innards of a culture quite frankly astounds me. Granted, it is his own East Coast Jewish culture, but so much of it rang true for my own thoughts and feelings of growing up. Roth is able to layer and build upon a growing suspense in ways that I found myself trying to figure out even as I couldn't stop reading further. The tenseness grows continually, even if only by the smallest degrees, until the rubber band in your heart can't possibly get any tighter. And all filled with buckets of heart, both of the caring and sometimes tragic varieties. Another extremely timely novel to read right now in 2017. As much a psychological first person thriller of growing paranoia as it is a political "what if," The Plot Against America will keep you turning pages until you finally see how it ends. ( )
  23Goatboy23 | Jan 17, 2020 |
Don't read it because you think its a story about a post-apocalyptic fascist USA. It's not. It's more of memoir (even though it isnt really) about living with the expectation your normal day-to-day life might come to an end and you're just waiting for it to happen. ( )
  mariquon | Jan 7, 2020 |
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Philip Roth has written a terrific political novel, though in a style his readers might never have predicted — a fable of an alternative universe, in which America has gone fascist and ordinary life has been flattened under a steamroller of national politics and mass hatreds.
added by danielx | editNew York Times, Paul Berman (Dec 29, 2014)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roth, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kooman, KoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Línek, JosefTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mantovani, VincenzoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Silver, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zwart, JannekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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