Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1998Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.
©1997 Philip Roth (P)1997 by Dove Audio, (P) 2014 by Phoenix Books
Audie Award Winner, Best Solo Narration by a Male, 1998
"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." (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)
I could not wait to finish this book. I felt it was way too full of rants and repitition. I can see that the story would be interesting to people, but there was way too much 'droning' and too little of what was interesting and compelling about the story and characters. I thought the narration was very good, however!
From the rambling beginning (it starts at the end and then catches up, mostly) to the rather disappointing close, this is a great story, made even more enjoyable by the masterful narrative of Ron Silver. There are a great many questions left unresolved. How did Merry die? Who is Rita Cohen, really? Please, Mr. Roth, I need to know the answers.
This is a great listen that leaves you wanting more.
This is a great story, but there were random noise artifacts and each segment was introduced with, "Brought to you by Audible Kids": I seriously doubt that a book with a copious amount of the f-word was produced "by kids, for kids." It's ridiculous that I used my credit on this.
Philip Roth seems to have lost the art of storytelling and be stuck in some personal rememberance or I don't know what. Maybe someone who likes baseball might be interested.
I was very disappointed with this book. I think the story was weak. I had trouble with the narrator as well. He spoke too quickly and I found myself backing up to re-hear many sentences. Mid-way I was somewhat intrigued, but on a whole, I was disappointed. I would not recommend this book.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content