American Pastoral, Philip Roth’s 1997 novel, a runner-up for the New York Times Best Novel of the Past 25 Years, might also be called a modern Book of Job.
It will be the subject of a two-part book discussion series at Chester Library this spring.
The deeply ironic book title makes reference to the life of Swede Levov, who appears to have fulfilled the American Dream and to live an American idyll. Roth examines the enigmatic figure through the character of Nathan Zukerman, Swede’s younger admirer.
The revelations unfold a historical perspective through first generation immigration, assimilation, WW II, and then the radical ’60s. Career and life appear to be at an apogee, but . . . and there hangs a tale.
The discussion series will be on Tuesdays, April 21 and May 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Edward Wheeler, retired Dean of Faculty of the Williams School, will lead the discussion.
Books are available at the library Call to register (860-526-0018) or visit the library website at http://chesterct.org/?page_id=286 to register online (look under Upcoming Programs and Events).