Title Profile & Character Information

American Pastoral

Annotation
American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall - of a strong, confident master of social equilibrium overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. Seymour "Swede" Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor 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 the most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. With vigorous realism, Roth takes us back to the conflicts and violent transitions of the 1960s. This is a book about loving - and hating - America. It's a book about wanting to belong - and refusing to belong - to America. It sets the desire for an American pastoral - a respectable life of space, calm, order, optimism, and achievement - against the indigenous American Berserk.

Awards
1997  New York Times Editors' Choice
1998  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameLevov, Seymour "The Swede"
GenderMale
OccupationBusinessman
TraitsMarried
Father

NameLevov, Merry
GenderFemale
TraitFugitive

GenreDomestic
Historical
Fiction
Saga
    --Family
Cinematization
TopicsAccidental deaths
Fugitives
Bombings
Protests
1960s culture
Businessmen
Fathers and daughters
Vietnam War
Murderers
Sociopaths
Radicalism
SettingNew Jersey


Series
  Postwar trilogy
1American pastoral
2I married a communist
3The Human stain