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The Plot Against America

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

It Could have happened!

This novel was disturbing, frightening, and all to realistic. When I read what unfolded in American life under Lindburgh's presidency, it was like being slammed in the head by a two by four. How could this happen here? The book is a blueprint for disassembling our de...
This novel was disturbing, frightening, and all to realistic. When I read what unfolded in American life under Lindburgh's presidency, it was like being slammed in the head by a two by four. How could this happen here? The book is a blueprint for disassembling our democracy. A great read!

posted by Anonymous on March 7, 2006

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding concept, adequately done

This is the first Philip Roth novel I've read and I must say I wasn't that impressed. His other novels like 'Portnoy's Complaint' are on my list but with this first one, I'm not running to it very quickly. The entire concept is a great one an alternate America for only...
This is the first Philip Roth novel I've read and I must say I wasn't that impressed. His other novels like 'Portnoy's Complaint' are on my list but with this first one, I'm not running to it very quickly. The entire concept is a great one an alternate America for only a short period of time, dominated by one of the most hateful groups of all-time. But Roth didn't make the story, I don't know how to put it into words, jump out enough. As one person said before, the book lagged and although the plot was there, it sluggishly proceeded. When there was action, I was deeply intrigued but then it stopped and nothing happened for awhile. Maybe I have to give it another read, maybe I missed something but for now, I am somewhat disappointed.

posted by Anonymous on December 13, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    Outstanding concept, adequately done

    This is the first Philip Roth novel I've read and I must say I wasn't that impressed. His other novels like 'Portnoy's Complaint' are on my list but with this first one, I'm not running to it very quickly. The entire concept is a great one an alternate America for only a short period of time, dominated by one of the most hateful groups of all-time. But Roth didn't make the story, I don't know how to put it into words, jump out enough. As one person said before, the book lagged and although the plot was there, it sluggishly proceeded. When there was action, I was deeply intrigued but then it stopped and nothing happened for awhile. Maybe I have to give it another read, maybe I missed something but for now, I am somewhat disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Good book

    Written like an autobiography, this novel portrays an interesting alternative history. Like any normal autobiography, there are periods where life is dull and the story becomes a little slow, but overall the book is quite readable. One thing I particularly liked about this, is the fact that the author included a section at the end relaying the actual history. It saved me lots of googling time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Average story.

    A few day's ago I got this book for Christmas, and I was really looking forward to an outstanding story, but as I was reading going on page 80 or so I was saying to myself 'Come on when is this story going to really take off'....Well all I can say is that this book was flat line all the way, the auther it seems to me had a good idea for the book but never got the story over the hump of run of the mill story telling. What this story needed was a little excitement, and sorry to say to me this book din't have it. Well that's my view of the book anyway kind readers, and let me tell you I read a lot of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Not THAT great

    The portrait of Lindbergh, who is always offstage, is great. The strengths of the narrator's father and mother are beautifully laid out throughout the work. The rabbi who sees a very silver lining in the Lindbergh cloud is also wonderfully portrayed. I did not enjoy reading about cousin Alvin and his slide into petty crime. I thought protraying Walter Winchell as the popular antidote to Lindbergh was a little hard to imagine (why Winchell?) I thought the ending was ridiculously abrupt ('ok, I've done about 300 pages, time for Lindbergh to go away'). I wish there had been more story, meaning more action outside the Roth apartment.

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