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  1. May 12, 1997 · It's 2011, after the financial crisis, which hovers around the edges of the book like a ghost. Connell is popular in school, good at soccer, and nice; Marianne is strange and friendless. They're the smartest kids in their class, and they forge an intimacy when Connell picks his mother up from Marianne's house.

  2. May 12, 1997 · American Pastoral by Philip Roth is a 1997 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication. This book doesn’t need much of an analysis from me, especially since so many have voiced such eloquent and poignant reviews of ‘one of the best novels ever written’, and have broken it down and analyzed it in great qualified detail.

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  3. An American Pastoral which turned into an American tragedy. Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021 Verified Purchase As one who has recently read Blake Bailey's excellent biography of Philip Roth (1933-2018) my interest in his novels has grown. American Pastoral is the Pulitzer Prize winning novel published in 1995.

  4. Jul 01, 2019 · American Pastoral is Philip Roth’s twentieth of twenty-seven novels. It was published in 1997 and won the Pulitzer Prize the next year. It has 520 reviews on Amazon, mostly five-star but the novel also has a few snarky one- and-two-star reviews, one of which quipped that American Pastoral was the best book of all time on glove making.

  5. Aug 08, 2018 · It is truly an American tragedy (the title is a kind of oxymoron), and it reminded me of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf similar examples of the collapse of an American dream happening in slow motion before our very eyes. The final dinner party scene is quite spectacular. Needless to say I recommend this book highly.

  6. Nov 19, 2009 · Pastoral, Empson wrote, was a “puzzling form” and a “queer business” in which highly educated and well-heeled poets from the city idealized the lives of the poorest people in the land. It implied “a beautiful relation between the rich and poor” by making “simple people express strong feelings…in learned and fashionable language.”

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