The Great American Novel

The Great American Novel

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by Philip Roth
     
 

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Gil Gamesh is the only pitcher who ever tried to kill the umpire, and John Baal, The Babe Ruth of the Big House, never hit a home run sober. But you've never heard of them -- or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history -- because of the communist plot and the capitalist scandal that expunged the entire Patriot League from

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Gil Gamesh is the only pitcher who ever tried to kill the umpire, and John Baal, The Babe Ruth of the Big House, never hit a home run sober. But you've never heard of them -- or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history -- because of the communist plot and the capitalist scandal that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory.

Philip Roth's richly imagined satiric narrative, The Great American Novel, turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an unfettered farce featuring heroism and perfidy, lively wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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"Shameless comic extravagance.... Roth gleefully exploits our readiness to let baseball stand for America itself." —The New York Times

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick.... An awesome performance." —The New Republic

"Roth is better than he's ever been before.... The prose is electric." —The Atlantic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466846449
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
567,010
File size:
794 KB

Meet the Author

Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He studied literature at Bucknell University and the University of Chicago. His first book, Goodbye, Columbus, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1960. He has lived in Rome, London, Chicago, New York City, Princeton, and New England. Since 1955, he has been on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where is now Adjunct Professor of English. He is also General Editor of the Penguin Books series "Writers from the Other Europe." Recently he has been spending half of each year in Europe, traveling and writing.


Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He studied literature at Bucknell University and the University of Chicago. His first book, Goodbye, Columbus, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1960. He has lived in Rome, London, Chicago, New York City, Princeton, and New England. Since 1955, he has been on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now Adjunct Professor of English. He is also General Editor of the Penguin Books series "Writers from the Other Europe." Recently he has been spending half of each year in Europe, traveling and writing.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut
Date of Birth:
March 19, 1933
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
Education:
B.A. in English, Bucknell University, 1954; M.A. in English, University of Chicago, 1955

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The Great American Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres nothing like hitting a triple
tuba More than 1 year ago
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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