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American Pastoral

Lu par : Ron Silver
Série : Zuckerman, Volume 6, American Trilogy, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 27 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 notations)

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Description

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1998

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

©1997 Philip Roth (P)1997 by Dove Audio, (P) 2014 by Phoenix Books

Critiques

Audie Award Winner, Best Solo Narration by a Male, 1998

"One of Roth's most powerful novels ever...moving, generous and ambitious...a fiercely affecting work of art." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"Dazzling...a wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel...gorgeous." ( Boston Globe)
"At once expansive and painstakingly detailed.... The pages of American Pastoral crackle with the electricity and zest of a first-rate mind at work." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff
  • 29/12/2004

Relentless

This is the 10th or 12th audiobook to which I've listened on Audible.com, and far and above the rest of them (most of which are more "popular" or "populist" titles) this one is relentless. It's both impossible to listen to, and impossible to put down.

It's not a novel of plot, though there is one, and it's not a novel of characters, though there are many of them and they are very well drawn. Rather, it's a novel of images, and a novel of feelings, and a novel of writing. It's the most well written of the novels to which I've listened, especially since I find that I enjoy the languid descriptions and sections of prose that Roth uses. It's a story of what happens when an original sinner interacts with humans of all ilks, angels and demons alike. It's a story of nature (of the human kind) and nurture (of the human kind) and interactions (of the human kind) and above all, it's the story of people.

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  • Sara
  • 10/03/2014

Powerful Masterpiece

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What a book! Expertly narrated and beautifully written. A story that sticks with the reader long after the recording ends. Filled with raw human emotion that leaves the reader feeling they understand these characters and their lives inside out. A keeper that I can whole heartedly recommend if you want to be captivated and swept up in a story that is difficult to put down. One of the rare times that I carried my iPod around with me as I did my chores so I could keep listening. Just plain terrific storytelling!

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  • Global
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  • Thomas
  • 29/06/2003

A Masterpiece

I usually don't read fiction, but this is one of the best audio books I've ever experienced of any genre. You will quickly see why Roth is considered one of the greatest American writers of the last fifty years and the naration only adds to the experience. Some books hold my attention better on audio and some on the printed page. This is a masterpiece of both audio and the written word. It will hold your attention from beginning to end.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Retire to read
  • 10/10/2006

The Best Narration

Ron Silver is brilliant. His accents, phrasing, and timing give the story an added drama that must be exactly what Phillip Roth imagined. This is the best narration of any audiobook I have ever read.

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  • Jenni
  • 26/06/2006

brilliant

I miss stories this well told, characters this well drawn, human-frailty this deeply felt.
But what elevated this book as an audio offering was the reading of Ron Silver. After having so many books ruined by utterly tone-deaf readings, it was a pleasure to finally encounter a reader that seemed to really understand what the book required. It is a hell of a performance. Other authors should be so lucky.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Pamela
  • 10/06/2004

ON MY TOP TEN BEST READS LIST

This is one of THE best books I have ever encountered! These Roth characters are even more flawed, more human, than in his previous novels. The story is both broad, in the number of decades it covers, and deep, in its microscopic look at the impact of events on one man's life. Roth demonstrates with vigor and mastery the differences between generations, and the pain we each feel in our inability to grasp what people of a different age find important. The writing, as always, is lyrical and wandering, which considering the Jewish culture he writes about, is fitting, funny, and stinging. The narrator, Ron Silver, brings the Jewish angst to life well with his inflections.

I have already listened to passages over again, which after 14 plus hours says something about the strength of the descriptive passages, dialogue and ideas presented. And I will listen to this book again. It is a keeper. Although I never did anything quite as extreme as the daughter, Merry, this novel gave me a taste of what went through my parent's minds when I was in high school and college, pursuing passions of my own generation. An incredible read!

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  • Pedro Poitevin
  • 19/01/2006

Moving, heartbreaking

While I am not unsympathetic to cydscott's harsh but incisive observations (and indeed I urge you to read his/her review for balance), I experienced the book very differently. Contrary to the impression that the above mentioned review conveys, American Pastoral is not simply about the philosophical musings of an amateur psychoanalyst and unprogressive biographer. True it is that some of those musings can be a bit annoying, but they do serve a purpose in the story: we are presented with an unreliable narrator, one who stumbles rather badly in trying to make sense of the story of his subject, both adding to the sensation of mystery that a stranger's life can have upon us, and reminding us of the clumsiness with which we attempt to understand one another.

But perhaps the most memorable quality of American Pastoral for me as a reader is the intense tenderness with which Roth views some of his characters. (I do agree, however, with cydscott's complaint--if I understand it correctly--that women characters are portrayed in a more troubling way.) Whatever one may think of some of the narrator's fabrications, the story is in the end remarkably moving, and it chronicles the terrifying reverberations of a complicated moment in American History in the life of an ordinary American family.

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  • Jkcpops
  • 19/10/2016

the painful tale of a man tumbling through loss

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only to my masochistic acquaintances. It was a rough read. The rambling words were very effective placing you in the spinning and anguished mind of the protagonist referred to as The Swede. The language is graphic and vulgar...but paints well the awful agony of a man, father and husband. It leaves you exhausted and unresolved...it hurts. If you like to read of a man who has it all - the looks - the body- the talent - the wealth - the admiration of all around him - the beauty queen wife - and then have it all pried from him through the painful choices of others and helplessly watch his life get blended up - swallowed and then puked out on the floor...you will love this book. I actually tried to return it just because I don't want it in my library but audible won't take it back. If I could just delete it I would. I will say though...the reader is absolutely amazing! Excellent, excellent performance and really brings to life the story...he makes is sound like he is telling a story and not reading...excellent.

What could Philip Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I am not sure it was Philip's intention to make this book enjoyable...

What does Ron Silver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The inflection - the accents - the voices - the stuttering - the disgust - the despair. Magnificent.

Did American Pastoral inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to return the book...which audible denied. So I wrote this review.But in fairness...it did make me feel grateful for a wonderful wife and kids.

Any additional comments?

hated and loved and hated this story. Really just hated.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Alison
  • 24/03/2005

Well worth the read

Even some of the most terrific works of literature can come across as less than great if the narrator doesn't do the work justice. But Ron Silver has done a fantastic job narrating this lovely book. This is probably the kind of book I would not be able to get through were I reading it physically, but in audio book form, it is a true pleasure. Detailed descriptions and extensive dialogue that might otherwise seem tedious to the average reader, especially someone new to Roth's work, are a simply joy to take in thanks to Mr. Silver's dedicated 'performance." His accents are charming, and his speed varies according to the tempo of the scene which really helps. Of course, Roth is a wonderful writer, with or without a talented narrator and American Pastoral reminds me of "Middlesex" in both its extensive exploration of a single family's history, and the humor with which its characters are brought to life. Probably a book everyone... especially any potential fiction writers... should read.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ted
  • 11/03/2007

Fascinating and Insightful

Roth caught the essence of American cultural history over the last century and also the central dynamics of family psychology -- a particularly insightful look at the difference between the surface and the inside of people. It has a Jewish coloring -- but is not a Jewish book. Ron Silver does an absolutely great job with Jewish inflection and self-reflection. I found myself frequently telling others about the ideas and insights in this book.

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  • gravi
  • 21/07/2018

Wonderful

This is a beautiful, sad and thought provoking novel. Rob Silver reads it absolutely wonderfully.