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This review is from: American Pastoral (Paperback)I'm writing this because I was astonished how many reviews gave this masterpiece less than its just desserts. This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I'd certainly agree it is by no means a barrel of laughs, but it gets to the heart of some of the great moral dilemmas of the West in a powerful story kept relentlessly personal.
The tale of the 'Swede' is beautifully evoked, masterfully written and tragically poignant.
If you're looking for sexy fun or a thriller to alleviate the boredom of your sun-bathing, this isn't for you. But if you want to be deeply moved while provoked into deeper thought about the internal contradictions of our contemporary values, it doesn't get much better.