Is the War on Terror?

The Plot against America

by Philip Roth

NY Times Review by PAUL BERMAN

"Philip Roth has written a terrific political novel, though
in a style his readers might never have predicted -- a fable
of an alternative universe, in which America has gone fascist
and ordinary life has been flattened under a steamroller of
national politics and mass hatreds. Hitler's allies rule the
White House. Anti-Semitic mobs roam the streets. The lower-
middle-class Jews of Weequahic, in Newark, N.J., cower in a
second-floor apartment ... The novel is sinister, vivid,
dreamlike, preposterous and, at the same time, creepily
plausible. ...

"The sad-voiced scholarly narrator recounts the childhood
memories of a boy called 'Phil Roth' ... Not once in any of
this does Roth glance at events of the present day, not even
with a sly wink. ... Roth has found his way to an archetypal
nightmare -- the anxious, ancestral, midnight fear of the
American Jews."



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