Ron Silver needs to be mentioned first. His narration is astounding. Phillip Roth writes for us the story of us and it is perfectly told. I love this book.
This is a complex, griping story and the performance is outstanding.
Everyone, even the minor characters have a depth that will keep them alive in my memory.
The theme of misunderstanding others is really powerful; I'm not sure I understood the book.
I could not finish this book. Storyline never took hold. Narration dull. I don't which was the most dull, the story or the narration. Don't waste your credit.
Yes - absolutely. Although it was written for those of us who were beginning adulthood in the 60's, it is relevant in today's world. Beautifully written. Like the review posted, it was my first Philip Roth book. I, too, was an English major so appreciate the excellent writing. Intricate and sensitive story telling.
The sensitivity of a modern day writer - Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge).
NO - but I would listen to another by him.
The main character - Swede Levov - someone who seemed so perfect to the outside world, who tried to uphold a high standard of morality but who saw how that wasn't possible or appreciated or that it made much difference in the long run in our world today.
Must have an appreciation of good writing to truly appreciate this book.
This novel captures beautifully the failure of the American dream as it traces the unravelling life of Seymour "Swede" Levov from high school athletic star and all-around good guy to successful business mogul to parent of an anti-Vietnam bomber who blows up the post office in the small town of Old Rim Rock. The characterization of Swede and his doubts is thoughtful and deep. His interior self-questioning amidst his outward show of calm reasonableness emphasizes the inability or failure of reason to account for the actual American experience. Swede's father, Lou, depicts the immigrant working-class, but successful Jewish businessman who is unable to cope with the secularization of society and cannot account for the ways in which his own anti-war views contribute to the militancy of his granddaughter.
Ron Silver did a great job of narrating.
I had not read any Roth before, but I will pick up another.
I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.
For some reason I've been putting off reading this book for years. I finally decided to listen to it instead. I am so glad I did. Ron Silver's narration is the best I have ever heard. He captures this story and the characters so well that you forget that you're listening to a book. Often, when professional actors narrate a book, I feel like I can hear them acting, if that makes any sense. But with this book, I was constantly getting so lost in the story. American pastoral is a classic for a reason , but with Ron Silver's narration, it is nearly flawless.
Great character development
Great exploration of wayward child topic
I don't like the f word and rough language
The reader was smooth and natural
In a novel that is rather like a long fireside saga, a complex, entertaining account of a bittersweet life, told as a sort of flashback by a third party observer, I found a nostalgic period history of a New Jersey Jewish community. I was intrigued and affected emotionally. I very much liked Ron Silver, the actor, and he was perfect as the narrator. Philip Roth is a wordmaster.
Maybe because Silver's of voice and style, obviously authentic, I had to listen closely (couldn't do much else that required concentration, except drive or dust) during the first quarter of the book. In fact, after I finished the book, I listened again to the first 3 hours, just to pick up background details I had missed.
There are so many opportunities to relate, no matter one's generation, but especially for the 50-and-older reader, and so many ah-ha moments, happy and sad, I will be meditating on for awhile. Has anyone ever not wondered what happened to the high school football star and beauty queen, only to find they weren't really very different from the rest of us?
Offering 4 stars for story only to leave room for liking another Roth book better.
The story takes a while to develop and develop and develop. It is however, fascinating. I wonder how much is true.