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The Great American Novel

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Good baseball satire

    In The Great American Novel, Philip Roth utilizes an alliteratively nutty narrator named "Word" Smith, a.k.a. Smitty, to tell us shamefully satirical stories about a forgotten baseball league, appropriately named the Patriot League, in order to confront the American cultural notion that baseball represents the pastoral ideal. One such story is the perpetually wandering homeless Rupert Mundys, the leagues last-placed team of marginalized misfits, highlighted by a lineup that includes a freak named "Frenchy," a nickname-less teenager, a power-hitting convict, a legless catcher, a "Kid" third baseman, an armless right fielder, and a midget. The homeless group of marginalized misfits is similar to the wandering Israelites in the Bible, and their plight successfully challenges the perception that America is the great melting pot. By challenging the melting pot myth and utilizing similarly satirical stories throughout The Great American Novel, Roth effectively argues against the notion that both baseball, specifically, and America, generally, represent the pastoral ideal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    The great american novel

    I read the Great American Novel, and found it lived up to it's name. While it bounces around a bit, and the prolouge doesn't make all that much sence, it's hillarious, and I recommend it to all who have the patience to sit down and read one long, but good book. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    All time favorite

    Theres nothing like hitting a triple

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Great baseball book

    This is probably the single most entertaining baseball novel I have read. Indeed, it may be the funniest novel I have read. It is obvious Mr. Roth loves baseball and even more obvious he wrapped himself in the halls of Cooperstown in order to bring all of this together. I have read it twice since 1975 and am about to start it again.

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