New to Vintage Classics, this is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that exposed the American psyche. Still profoundly resonant today, it confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.
Discover the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers.
‘Swede’ Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life cocooned by his devoted family, lucrative business, sporting prowess and good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until one sunny day in 1968, when Swede’s daughter, Merry, commits an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism and the Levov family is plunged into mayhem. Extraordinarily nuanced and poignant, American Pastoral is the first in an eloquent trilogy of post-war American novels that still resonates today.
'A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years' Financial Times
'A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel' The Times
“Marvellous... Raging and elegaic”
“Full of insight, full of sharp ironic twists, full of wisdom about American idealism, and full of terrific fun... A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years”
“A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel”
“Wonderful, rich...entirely gripping”
“A momentous novel”
“Brilliantly written...angry, grieving, witty, acute...compellingly and convincingly rendered”
“Utterly tragic and compelling. It's one of the greatest modern American novels”
“Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is one of those books you know is going to change you in some profound way shortly after you start reading it and it did for me. I read it last summer and nothing has quite surpassed it for me since. A very painful read.”
Angea Nagle, Irish Times