When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio ...
address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America towards a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the 33rd president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and whose virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new novel by Pulitzer-prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family - and for a million such families all over the country - during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
The Plot Against America is my third Roth novel. There is something very enticing about the way he manages his stories. I guess it is because he writes stories that are so true and so steeped in realism that I can without any difficult imagine those
..." characters as real people that walk this earth. And that's probably true as well, because many of Roth's story takes place in cities that are almost 100 percent copies of his childhood hometown, Newark. Before I would have kept away from authors that derive too much of their literary powers from their personal experience, assuming that they lack imagination to create complete new worlds and characters. Even now I shrink from reading all forms of biographies or autobiographies. To me these kind of publications show their creators' total lack of any sound ability of judgement on their own significance in other people's lives. But enough of this, for Roth is a great writer, and biographical or not, the way he manages his sentences remains beautiful, fluent, well-crafted. For a person that likes to read aloud, his novels provide absolute enjoyment. Sometimes readers will come across a book with a fascinating plot but poor narration. Roth's novel, be the plot fascinating or not, is always powerfully narrated. For anyone who is interested in this author, I would further recommend his other novel, The Human Stain. It is a story even more enchanting and dramatical. It is my first Roth novel, as well. A very good one.Continua...Nascondi