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American Pastoral

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In American Pastoral, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Seymour 'Swede' Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America. 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 political 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, this is Roth's masterpiece.

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'Marvellous...raging and elegiac' James Wood, Guardian

‘Swede’ Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life cocooned by his devoted family, his demanding yet highly rewarding (and lucrative) business, his sporting prowess, his good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope.

Until the sunny day in 1968, when the Swede’s bountiful American luck deserts him.

The tragedy springs from devastatingly close to home. His adored daughter, Merry, has become a stranger to him, a fanatical teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism that plunges the Levov family into the political mayhem of sixties America, and drags them into the underbelly of a seemingly ascendant society.

Rendered powerless by the shocking turn of events, the Swede can only watch as his pastoral idyll is methodically torn apart.

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SEYMOUR SWEDE LEVOV - A LEGENDARY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE, A DEVOTED FAMILY MAN, A HARD WORKER, THE PROSPEROUS INHERITER OF HIS FATHER S NEWARK GLOVE FACTORY - COMES OF AGE IN THRIVING, TRIUMPHANT POST-WAR AMERICA. BUT EVERYTHING HE LOVES IS LOST WHEN THE COUNTRY BEGINS TO RUN AMOK IN THE TURBULENT 1960S. AMERICAN PASTORAL IS THE STORY OF A FORTUNATE AMERICAN S RISE AND FALL - OF A STRONG, CONFIDENT MASTER OF SOCIAL EQUILIBRIUM OVERWHELMED BY THE FORCES OF SOCIAL DISORDER.

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