American Pastoral
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"American Pastoral" Quotes

By Philip Roth

fiction | 432 pages | Published in 2010

Now a major motion picture based on Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece American Pastoral, starring Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly ‘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.

ISBN_13:9780099771814
ISBN_10:0099771810

Quotes

She has always been capable of impulsiveness but now she hasn’t the time...

Philip Roth

How can he be so frightened of dying when he has pretty nearly always been dead?

Philip Roth

Fantasies have to be unrealistic.

Philip Roth

Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away.

Philip Roth

The fact that life transcends logic in no way invalidates logic. On the contrary, it validates it abundantly.

Philip Roth

Human existence is shown ... to be unredeemable.

Philip Roth

Funny things happen to you in this life of sin.

Philip Roth

No one ever sees events or people as they really are, except in rare, fleeting glimpses. Yet that doesn't stop us from believing that even the most damaged of human beings has moments when everything is gleaming and wonderful.

Philip Roth

Daybreak is always good news.

Philip Roth

What is reality anyway? It's nothing but a collective hunch.

Philip Roth