American Pastoral

£9.99

‘Swede’ Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life sustained by his devoted family, his demanding yet highly rewarding (and lucrative) business, his sporting prowess, his good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until the sunny day in 1968, when the Swede’s bountiful American luck deserts him. The tragedy springs from devastatingly close to home. His adored daughter, Merry, has become a stranger to him, a fanatical teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism that plunges the Levov family into the political mayhem of sixties America, and drags them into the underbelly of a seemingly ascendant society. Rendered powerless by the shocking turn of events, the Swede can only watch as his pastoral idyll is methodically torn apart.

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‘A tragedy of classical proportions…a magnificent novel’ The Times

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.
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PRAISE FOR AMERICAN PASTORAL:
‘Angry, grieving, witty, acute’ Sunday Times
‘A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years’ Financial Times
‘A momentous novel’ Observer
‘Utterly tragic and compelling’ Tatler

Additional information

Weight 0.355 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.7 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

432

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

813.54 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K