History Literature / AmericanPastoral

15th Feb '17 1:09:03 PM Mdumas43073
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Adapted into a [[TheFilmOfTheBook feature film]] in 2016. Creator/EwanMcGregor directed and starred as Levov; also in the cast are Creator/JenniferConnelly and Creator/DakotaFanning.

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Adapted into a [[TheFilmOfTheBook feature film]] in 2016. Creator/EwanMcGregor directed directs and starred stars as Levov; also in the cast are Creator/JenniferConnelly and Creator/DakotaFanning.
14th Feb '17 10:10:43 PM Mdumas43073
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Adapted into a [[TheFilmOfTheBook feature film]] in 2016. Creator/EwanMcGregor directed and starred as Levov; also in the cast are Creator/JenniferConnelly and Creator/DakotaFanning.
14th Feb '17 10:04:11 PM Mdumas43073
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Considered by many to be one of Creator/PhilipRoth's greatest works, ''American Pastoral'' chronicles the life of Seymour "the Swede" Levov, the hero of a Jewish neighborhood in [[{{Joisey}} Newark]] whom the narrator idolized in childhood and who still fascinates him. At the beginning of the story, Levov appears to be a one-dimensional personification of bland American decency, but then we learn a few things about him. For instance, his beloved daughter bombed a post office and killed a local doctor in order to protest the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

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Considered by many to be one of Creator/PhilipRoth's greatest works, the 1997 novel ''American Pastoral'' chronicles the life of Seymour "the Swede" Levov, the hero of a Jewish neighborhood in [[{{Joisey}} Newark]] whom the narrator idolized in childhood and who still fascinates him. At the beginning of the story, Levov appears to be a one-dimensional personification of bland American decency, but then we learn a few things about him. For instance, his beloved daughter bombed a post office and killed a local doctor in order to protest the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.
31st Dec '16 3:36:30 PM AzureOwl
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Much is made in the movie of the fact that Merry has trouble making friends in her little town, which begs the question where did she come by her radical leftist political ideas and New York friends. [[spoiler:She got them from her therapist, who has connection with the radical movement]].
16th Sep '15 12:28:59 PM Aquila89
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* RiddleForTheAges: We never find out [[spoiler: just who "Rita Cohen" really was and whether she really knew Merry or not.]]
6th Aug '15 7:43:06 AM Aquila89
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* WhereDidWeGoWrong: The Swede struggles with this question in the entire book.
19th Dec '13 5:17:12 PM LongLiveHumour
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Considered by many to be one of Creator/PhilipRoth's greatest works, ''American Pastoral'' chronicles the life of Seymour "the Swede" Levov, the hero of a Jewish neighborhood in [[{{Joisey}} Newark]] whom the narrator idolized in childhood and who still fascinates him. At the beginning of the story, Levov appears to be a one-dimensional personification of bland American decency, but then we learn a few things about him. For instance, his beloved daughter bombed a post office and killed a local doctor in order to protest the VietnamWar.

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Considered by many to be one of Creator/PhilipRoth's greatest works, ''American Pastoral'' chronicles the life of Seymour "the Swede" Levov, the hero of a Jewish neighborhood in [[{{Joisey}} Newark]] whom the narrator idolized in childhood and who still fascinates him. At the beginning of the story, Levov appears to be a one-dimensional personification of bland American decency, but then we learn a few things about him. For instance, his beloved daughter bombed a post office and killed a local doctor in order to protest the VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.
21st Aug '13 3:58:19 PM WillBGood
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* {{Author Avatar}}: The narrator, Zuckerman, is thought to be a version of Roth himself, though he's actually a very minor character.
* {{Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other}}: A non-incestuous father-daughter instance occurs when [[spoiler:Swede and Merry reunite for the first time in five years. Despite all the terrible things that happened between them, they cry and hold onto each other and express their love... and then trouble starts again]].
* {{Godwins Law}}: During a dinner argument, Lou Levov compares pornography to the Holocaust. Slightly subverted in that he's a traditional Jewish man who lived through WWII (albeit in the United States) and understands how awful Hitler was.
* {{UnreliableNarrator}}: Nathan Zuckerman (although it is easy to forget that he's the one narrating the story, as he disappears as a character at some point during the 3rd chapter). Having access only to some of the bare facts of the Swede's life, and confronted with his apparent "blankness", Nathan Zuckerman claims concerning his story that he "dreamed a realistic chronicle", and speculates at some point about the objections that the Swede's brother would make.

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* {{Author Avatar}}: AuthorAvatar: The narrator, Zuckerman, is thought to be a version of Roth himself, though he's actually a very minor character.
* {{Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other}}: AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: A non-incestuous father-daughter instance occurs when [[spoiler:Swede and Merry reunite for the first time in five years. Despite all the terrible things that happened between them, they cry and hold onto each other and express their love... and then trouble starts again]].
* {{Godwins Law}}: GodwinsLaw: During a dinner argument, Lou Levov compares pornography to the Holocaust. Slightly subverted in that he's a traditional Jewish man who lived through WWII (albeit in the United States) and understands how awful Hitler was.
* {{UnreliableNarrator}}: UnreliableNarrator: Nathan Zuckerman (although it is easy to forget that he's the one narrating the story, as he disappears as a character at some point during the 3rd chapter). Having access only to some of the bare facts of the Swede's life, and confronted with his apparent "blankness", Nathan Zuckerman claims concerning his story that he "dreamed a realistic chronicle", and speculates at some point about the objections that the Swede's brother would make.
20th Jul '13 10:16:31 PM Fireblood
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* {{UnreliableNarrator}}: Nathan Zuckerman (although it is easy to forget that he's the one narrating the story, as he disappears as a character at some point during the 3rd chapter). Having access only to some of the bare facts of the Swede's life, and confronted with his apparent "blankness", Nathan Zuckerman claims that his story is a "realistic chronicle" he "dreamed", and speculates at some point about the objections that the Swede's brother would make.

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* {{UnreliableNarrator}}: Nathan Zuckerman (although it is easy to forget that he's the one narrating the story, as he disappears as a character at some point during the 3rd chapter). Having access only to some of the bare facts of the Swede's life, and confronted with his apparent "blankness", Nathan Zuckerman claims that concerning his story is that he "dreamed a "realistic chronicle" he "dreamed", realistic chronicle", and speculates at some point about the objections that the Swede's brother would make.
20th Jul '13 10:15:49 PM Fireblood
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* {{UnreliableNarrator}}: Nathan Zuckerman (although it is easy to forget that he's the one narrating the story, as he disappears as a character at some point during the 3rd chapter). Having access only to some of the bare facts of the Swede's life, and confronted with his apparent "blankness", Nathan Zuckerman claims that his story is a "dream[s] a realistic chronicle", and speculates at some point about the objections that the Swede's brother would make.

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* {{UnreliableNarrator}}: Nathan Zuckerman (although it is easy to forget that he's the one narrating the story, as he disappears as a character at some point during the 3rd chapter). Having access only to some of the bare facts of the Swede's life, and confronted with his apparent "blankness", Nathan Zuckerman claims that his story is a "dream[s] a realistic chronicle", "realistic chronicle" he "dreamed", and speculates at some point about the objections that the Swede's brother would make.
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