Great Read: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

The work of fiction writes about World War II and what might have happened had Franklin D. Roosevelt not won the election, had the famed aviator Lindbergh become President and if anti-Semitism had swept across America (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration)… written from the perspective of a young Jewish boy watching his safe haven disintegrate around him.

It’s got a vivid description of American Jewish life, so detailed it seems the author were recalling from memory, enmeshed within an exciting “What-if?” scenario.

And J. feels that one of its strengths is that it never really strays into the realm of improbability. One can, especially seeing the reactions of people in the recent US elections, believe that such a scenario could have happened. And a similar one could still occur. It’s no 1984, but therein lies its strength.


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