American Pastoral is a terrific book and movie. Currently, my only exposure to Philip Roth I’m sad to say. I have some work to do to catch up 🙂 . The brilliance and insight of a story like American Pastoral is both admiral and humbling.
In the course of a very long career, Mr. Roth took on many guises — mainly versions of himself — in the exploration of what it means to be an American, a Jew, a writer, a man. He was a champion of Eastern European novelists like Ivan Klima and Bruno Schulz, and also a passionate student of American history and the American vernacular. And more than just about any other writer of his time, he was tireless in his exploration of male sexuality.