Philip Roth: American Pastoral

(Fiction, 432 pp. 1997)

The first in Roth’s trilogy of novels exploring the life of American Jews of his generation, American Pastoral paints a masterful portrait of the perfectly assimilated Seymour “the Swede” Levov, whose perfectly constructed world falls apart when his daughter gets involved in radical politics.  

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  • Review by Michael Wood, New York Times, April 20, 1997
  • Review by Paul Gediman, Boston Review, October/November 1997
  • ReviewKirkus
  • Review by Paul Berman, Slate, May 21, 1997
  • ReviewThe Economist, May 22, 1997
  • Review by James W. Tuttleton, New Criterion, May 1997
  • Benjamin Taylor interviews Philip Roth (28 min.)