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Almost perfect, but....,
This review is from: The Plot Against America (Paperback)I'm surprised that some reviewers found this book uninvolving and hard to get through. I found myself identifying strongly with the Roth family (and I'm neither Jewish nor American) and couldn't put the book down.
On the other hand, I'm a history graduate with a particular interest in the 1940s, and I can see that someone not familiar with the history of the period might miss a lot.
I also agree with the comment from Matt Diamond that the plot twist that Roth uses to get history "back on track" is implausible and unsatisfying, for which it gets docked one star.
All that said, the book is superbly written - Roth is brilliant on character, especially the dynamics of families, and can turn a paragraph expertly from wit to tragedy and back again better than virtually anyone else writing today.
Perhaps not quite his best - I recommend "American Pastoral" if you want a real five-star read, but this is excellent nonetheless.