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  1. American Pastoral Summary These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. Written by Kathryn Garia The book is narrated by Nathan Zuckerman. While attending his high school reunion in 1995, he runs into his old friend Jerry Levov.

  2. Synopsis (1) Summaries An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America. Seymour Levov, going by the nickname of 'Swede' in the Jewish community he was born into, was even more of an all-American than Douglas Fairbanks himself.

  3. May 05, 2015 · Jerry divulges that Swede once owned a historic stone house in pastoral Old Rimrock, New Jersey, and appeared to be living the perfect American life. Then, one morning during the era of Vietnam War...

  4. American Pastoral is a Philip Roth novel published in 1997 concerning Seymour "Swede" Levov, a successful Jewish American businessman and former high school star athlete from Newark, New Jersey. Levov's happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, which in the novel is described as a manifestation of the "indigenous American berserk ".

  5. American Pastoral is the story of a man who looks perfect on the outside—married to a beauty queen, rich and utterly irresistible, but inside he's shattered with pain, grief, doubt, and guilt. And just as we see the dark inside of the Swede Levov, we also get a peek into the underside of The American Dream, which the novel calls "the American berserk" (3).

  6. Pastoral literature depicts idyllic rural life, far from the corruptions of city life. The main characters in a pastoral are usually shepherds and the plot is usually about young love. In American Pastoral Seymour "Swede" Levov and his wife, Dawn Levov, have an old house on a large plot of land in the semirural Old Rimrock, New Jersey, where Dawn raises cows.

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