By Philip Roth
Soon to be a massive movement picture!
As the yank century attracts to an uneasy shut, Philip Roth supplies us a unique of unqualified greatness that's an elegy for all our century's delivers of prosperity, civic order, and family bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a mythical athlete at his Newark highschool, who grows up within the booming postwar years to marry a former pass over New Jersey, inherit his father's glove manufacturing facility, and stream right into a stone condominium within the idyllic hamlet of outdated Rimrock. after which someday in 1968, Swede's attractive American good fortune deserts him.
For Swede's cherished daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted lady right into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teen able to an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And in a single day Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by means of sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this can be Roth's masterpiece.
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