American Pastoral is a Philip Roth novel concerning Seymour "Swede" Levov, a
Jewish-American businessman and former high school athlete from Newark, New
Jersey. Levov's happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by
the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s, which in the novel is
described as a manifestation of the "indigenous American berserk".
The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and was included in Time's "All-TIME
100 Greatest Novels". The film rights to it were later optioned by Paramount
Pictures. In 2006, it was one of the runners-up in the "What is the Greatest
Work of American Fiction in the Last 25 Years?" contest held by the New York
Times Book Review.
Read by Ron Silver
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