Finished reading: American Pastoral by Philip Roth 📚
About twenty years ago, a friend burned me a copy of Ben Harper’s Burn to Shine. I loved it so much, but I was also a little ashamed and angry that I had not found Harper’s music earlier. Reading American Pastoral made me feel the same way about Philip Roth.
American Pastoral was a challenging read about the darkness in the American soul during the second half of the 20th century. Darkness that started with over-moralizing, over-simplifying, and thinking anyone of us might understand the heart and motivations of another.
I am looking forward to reading I Married a Communist next!