[Novel] American Pastoral (Philip Roth)

American PastoralA story about how good intentions, moderation and impeccable self-control can, ironically, ruin your life. Despite following an almost identical theme, this novel is a lot more engrossing than “Lie Down in Darkness”, because you actually start with a family that at least looks normal at first here.

Positive: Negative:
Eloquent, flowing prose Inherently predictable
Complex, interesting characters
Gives insight into American culture and politics during the Vietnam War
Very thought-provoking on the complexity of human relationships

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