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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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American Pastoral (1997)

by Philip Roth

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Series: The American Trilogy (1), Zuckerman Bound (6)

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An ordinary man finds that his life has been made extraordinary by the catastrophic intrusion of history when, in 1968 his adored daughter plants a bomb that kills a stranger, hurling her father out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the ingenious American berserk.
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Empathic, powerful, emotionally generous and devastating.
I might try to come back to leave a fuller review but I'm not sure I could do this work justice.
Roth truly at the top of his form.
Easily one of the best novels I've read this year. ( )
  23Goatboy23 | Jan 17, 2020 |
Destruction ( )
  kvschnitzer | Dec 8, 2019 |
My favorite Phillip Roth - story of a girl who runs away and joins a cult and the pain of her parents.
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
Great Phillip Roth on the daughter who joins a cult
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
Come si fa a scrivere una recensione di un libro così famoso, così recensito, così analizzato, così parlato e adesso anche trasposto (sembra male) cinematograficamente....
Lasciando da parte la trama, che è facilmente reperibile, voglio solo, a caldo, esprimere le sensazioni che mi ha dato questa pietra miliare della letteratura americana.
La lettura per me è stata come un'onda, in alcuni momenti mi sentivo sulla cresta, in altri momenti ero completamente in risacca, poi ancora sulla cresta e poi trascinata indietro di nuovo...
Ci sono stati dei capitoli che mi hanno rapita e dei capitoli che mi hanno annoiato a morte perchè prolissi e statici. Quello che non mi ha mai stancato è la scrittura: una prosa meravigliosa che cattura, fa innamorare e che, anche se a volte risulta un po' saccente, non lascia mai nulla al caso e questo alla fine mi ha conquistata.
Quello che sicuramente mi è mancato in molte parti è stato un maggior approfondimento introspettivo della psicologia dei personaggi. Quando mi sentivo vicina ad entrare nella mente di un personaggio la trama virava da tutt'altra parte e tutto si allontanava di nuovo... l'onda....
Comunque sono 4 stelle, è un libro che può portare spunti di riflessione ed è un libro scritto magnificamente e che in un modo o nell'altro resta in testa. ( )
  Feseven78 | Apr 17, 2019 |
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Philip Rothprimary authorall editionscalculated
Drazdauskienė, Rasasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pellar, RudolfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pellarová, LubaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dream when the day is thru, dream and they might come true, things never are as bad as they seem, so dream, dream, dream.
-Johnny Mercer from "Dream," popular song of the 1940s
the rare occurrence of the expected...
-William Carlos Williams, from "At Kenneth Bruke's Place," 1946
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What he saw, in a scarecrow's clothes, stick-skinny as a scarecrow, was the scantiest farmyard emblem of life, a travestied mock-up of a human being, so meager a likeness to a Levov it could have fooled only a bird.
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