It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.
I read The American Pastoral some time ago, which wasn’t exactly my cup of cake, but still decided to give Philip Roth another chance. And it was indeed a wise decision, as ‘I married a communist’ amazed me in every possible way: language, story, characters.
Five novels in one OUTRAGEOUS volume. The best description for this absolutely incredible set of novels. Douglas Adams has just become my favorite writer and The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy my number one favorite book for this year, at least.
‘The invisible man’ was Ralph Ellison’s only book published while alive, a book that addresses many of the intellectual and social issues that African-Americans faced in the twentieth century. It’s a fictional book, but it has also a historical importance .
I’ve never heard of Salman Rushdie before and I can’t really tell how I got to buy this book in the first place. I know for sure that the reviews written on the back of the book and the fact that Salman Rushdie was sentenced to death after writing it, really raised my curiosity to the maximum.
It took me quite some time to read this book, but I finally managed to read its last pages a couple of days ago. It takes a lot of your energy to digest the events in the American Pastoral, as everything that happens seems to be too absurd to actually take place in a real world.