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Philip Roth: the American Trilogy (Library of America) Hardcover – September 29, 2011
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The former humor of Roth is mostly gone; it hasn't been seen since Operation Shylock. The novels are still funny, albeit in a very black way, but it isn't the same. They are instead mostly serious, dark meditations on the reality of the American dream.
None of these novels are Roth's best (I would give that to The Counterlife) but they are all very good. One by one:
American Pastoral: This is the first novel of the series and seems to be most people's favorite of the bunch. For many people, it is their favorite Roth novel period. It is strange, then, that this is probably my least favorite of the bunch. It has an excellent story and character development, but falls a bit flat towards the end. Despite that, it is a scary, sad, gritty and occasionally funny novel.
I Married a Communist: And now, the second novel in the series, I Married a Communist. Another surprise; this seems to be most people's least favorite of the three, but it is my favorite. I can see why people wouldn't like it (Saul Bellow, long time friend and admirer of Philip Roth, hated this novel) but I found it to be scary and real. Read it and tremble.
The Human Stain: The Human Stain, the last novel of the three, is an incredibly sad, though oddly moving novel.Read more ›
None of these works in my opinion equals 'Goodbye Columbus 'Portnoy's Complaint ' 'The Counterlife' 'Everyman' Nemesis' which are in my judgment Roth's finest work.