`Download E-pub ñ American Pastoral î eBook or Kindle ePUB free

`Download E-pub Í American Pastoral á An elegy for all of our country s promises of prosperity, civic order and domestic bliss My awareness of this book came from my wife and some of her friends from college It was legendary as the single most awful experience during their first four years of higher education You would think that would keep me awayBut, after several years of putting it off I finally said, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED It was not the worst book I have ever read It was not the greatest book I have ever read I have seen some people sing it s praises as vehemently as the loathing my wife and her friends f My awareness of this book came from my wife and some of her friends from college It was legendary as the single most awful experience during their first four years of higher education You would think that would keep me awayBut, after several years of putting it off I finally said, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED It was not the worst book I have ever read It was not the greatest book I have ever read I have seen some people sing it s praises as vehemently as the loathing my wife and her friends felt for it I can easily see both sides of this response I would say 3 to 3.5 starsIt was definitely one of the most melodramatic stories I have ever read Every scene and every discussion was amped up to the next level Part of that led to super descriptive prose The best way I can describe it is that it is the literary equivalent of a hyper realistic painting Click here for a hyper realistic painting of Homer Simpson to see what I mean I did find the book interesting overall It is basically the story of a seemingly perfect life going out of control in mid 1900s America because of social expectations, religion, war, politics, and family At times it was a bit repetitive and drug on a bit For me, I think it would have had the same impact if it was trimmed and toned down.I can recommend this to you if you want to cover the classics For example, I belong to a reading list completist book club and this book appears on several lists If you like historical fiction, then I think there is a chance you will like it But, if you are not in the mood for something lengthy, wordy, and intense, this really isn t the book for you I was not a fan. It is getting exceedingly rare to find books that are well written and yet hard hitting and surprising at nearly every turn Usually, you get just one like the nearly unreadable Infinite Jest that I can still not get through or the other like The Outfit or, say, Game of Thrones So, when my movie producer friend mentioned that his employer Lakeshore Entertainment would be releasing a film version of Roth s American Pastoral, I picked the book up my first by Roth and I was blown away It is It is getting exceedingly rare to find books that are well written and yet hard hitting and surprising at nearly every turn Usually, you get just one like the nearly unreadable Infinite Jest that I can still not get through or the other like The Outfit or, say, Game of Thrones So, when my movie producer friend mentioned that his employer Lakeshore Entertainment would be releasing a film version of Roth s American Pastoral, I picked the book up my first by Roth and I was blown away It is no wonder that the book stole the 1997 Pulitzer and was a runner up on the NYT list of best books of the last 25 years from 2006 Side note on that list, I agree with the choice of Beloved by Toni Morrison as well as Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and am now curious to read some of the other ones there that I haven t read by Updike and DeLillo.According to wikipedia, a pastoral is typically about life on a countryside and requires a cow in the story Some currents of pastoral literature have in modern times denounced the urban sprawl of cities and their encroachment into to pastoral lifestyle While it is difficult to put Roth into a specific category, the fact that the Lvov family owns a large property and a bull named Count and herd of cows at one point and the revolt of Merry against not just the idyllic image of America are some ways that the title could be interpreted as being applicable I saw it as an epic look behind the scenes at a seemingly perfect family that is piece by piece revealed to be reprehensible as the last sentence of the book states The various fa ades of 20th C life in American and the questions that are raised prosperity, but at what cost global dominance and warfare, but for what ideal are dealt with via the vivid character portraits and their interactions with each other.If we look at the principal character, Seymour Swede Lvov from the outside, we see a man that was always good at everything triple letterman in sports, beautiful physique, gorgeous ex model wife, successful business man But we also learn of his emotional detachment from everything he has set up an American pastoral idea in his head and is torn apart by Merry s act of terrorism just as the small store was blown up along with a neighbor The way in which the various facts are revealed and the psychosis of each of the characters in the book was riveting reading I appreciated how we start with a first person narrator who fades away as the Swede is revealed and unraveled by the cascade of events Roth never spoon feeds us details we need to put up with the screaming Merry and her neurotic mother as well as a slew of other characters to figure out what actually happened and how each character was affected We are as unwitting participants in the devolution of the Lvov family as the characters themselves Even the end of the book is ambiguous did Rita Cohen really exist at the end or is the Swede losing it Do we just leave Merry the Jain in that sordid appartment in Newark Does the Swede evolve into aself realized human being or does he just repress all the anguish to protect his unfaithful wife Dawn and his acrimonious father Lou Lvov as he has always done The is perhaps the most compelling part of this book, you are left to draw your own conclusions To fill in the colors you wish into this particularly explosive American pastoral portrait.Still, after reading 20 of Roth s books, Pastoral stands out as one of my favorites with its evil doppelg nger according to Roth , Sabbath s Theater To be read urgently I hope although I am fairly confident that Lakeshore Entertainment does it justice.Apparently, the film was pretty bad, so stick with the excellent book RIP 1933 2018 One of America s literary giants has left us Third reading The book starts off as an homage to a man the narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, looked up to as a child because of his athletic achievements in local sports Seymour Levov, the Swede It also presents itself in the early going as an homage to the so called greatest generation But this opening is deceptive For the closer we come to the Swede and his family thewe see his tragic flaws of character Perhaps his most pervasive flaw is to be a nonthinker, a man for the most part w Third reading The book starts off as an homage to a man the narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, looked up to as a child because of his athletic achievements in local sports Seymour Levov, the Swede It also presents itself in the early going as an homage to the so called greatest generation But this opening is deceptive For the closer we come to the Swede and his family thewe see his tragic flaws of character Perhaps his most pervasive flaw is to be a nonthinker, a man for the most part without a deep intellectual life, or any intellectual life, who functioned by the many rules and prohibitions set forth by his elders which ill prepared him for a socially volatile future.The Swede is a Jew but a viking in appearance Blonde, fair skinned, about as far away from the Der St rmer parodies then being published in Nazi Germany as it was possible to get The wartime stateside era is one depicted as laden with parental prohibitions but also one of astonishing possibility The Swede is his father s son A young man with his talent could have had a shot at the major leagues, but the Swede listens to his old man and learns the glove trade American Pastoral, it occurs to me, is a ruminative novel It considers matters, say, the Swede s innocence, and then reconsiders them multiple times in light of new evidence or conclusions One is very much in Nathan Zuckerman s head going over and over matters, thus his obsessions become our obsessions After several readings it finally occurred to me what Roth s model was for the very detailed glove manufacturing sequences Moby Dick or The Whale I could find nothing superfluous in the story I live twenty miles from Newark, New Jersey I used to work near New York s garment district, long after its heydey but nevertheless I was alive, though quite young, during the late Civil Rights Era This was an insane and very angry time and let me tell you, Roth captures its essence beautifully For me, on this third reading, the book really didn t start to grip until the Swede s daughter Merry s independence sets in and she begins to travel to New York City to stay with her Communist friends Then there s Rita Cohen s absolutely wait, here s how Roth puts it What was this whole sick enterprise other than angry, infantile egoism thinly disguised as identification with the oppressed This section reminds me very much of the decription Nein Cheng gives of the Red Guards in her Life and Death in Shanghai There are so many beautifully written scenes here The Swede s reunion with Merry who, five years later, has become a devout Jain, will set your hair on fire American Pastoral is a spellbinder An astonishing novel One of the essential books of life