Philip Roth, American Pastoral: 2/18/2010

American Pastoral

The consensus of the group seemed to be that this book is like an onion.  Lots of layers.  Intriguing revelations peeled away one after the other.  Can make one weepy.

Stirred up thoughts about the difficulty of knowing others; the inevitability of loss and disappointment in even the most well-lived lives; the terrible decisions parents of disturbed children must make.

BC put it this way:  “It’s not a book you like so much as a book you absorb.”

RN, a big Roth fan, also recommends Roth’s Indignation.