American Pastoral: American Trilogy (1) (Vintage International) (Paperback)
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Here is Philip Roth's masterpiece, featuring Nathan Zuckerman and the story of Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.
For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of domestic terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, American Pastoral gives us Philip Roth at the height of his powers.
"One of Roth's most powerful novels ever ... moving, generous and ambitious ... a fiercely affecting work of art." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Dazzling ... a wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel ... gorgeous." —The Boston Globe
"At once expansive and painstakingly detailed.... The pages of American Pastoral crackle with the electricity and zest of a first-rate mind at work." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Never before has Roth written with such clear conviction. Never before has he assembled so many fully formed characters." —Time
"An incandescent fiction.... American Pastoral scintillates with more Rothian wit, paradox, eloquent tantrums and absurd pratfalls placed at the exit of each irresistible argument that can be counted.... He strikes a vivid blaze." —Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Roth has beaten pain and rage into a beautiful shape. American Pastoral is elaborately patterned and layered, ingeniously crafted to contain, even as it amplifies, a cathartic, barbaric yawp." —New York Observer
"Wrenching, skillfully told...a novel not to be missed." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Deeply moving.... Roth achieves a masterpiece...a literary triumph." —Playboy
"A gripping, emotionally charged novel." —People