The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
First off, let me just say that I’m so excited about the interest in the group! As of my writing this, we have had 99 people sign up. If I include myself, we’ve hit the 100 mark! That’s amazing, and I must say, far beyond what I imagined. I hope you all have a wonderful, insightful, fulfilling time talking about the books.
That said, I’ve been kind of nervous to start the discussion. I’ve run book groups in the past and generally you only have to throw out one or two questions/discussion points and the conversation takes off. I’m not quite sure how we’ll get that done in cyperspace, but I’m very, very hopeful. I’ve decided the best way to do this is just to talk about what I thought of the book – maybe ask a few questions of others – and add some links at the end to some articles I read in preparation for the discussion. I hope you will all feel free to comment on my entry, and of course, write your own entries as well.
Philip Roth’s book, American Pastoral, is one of my favorites of all time and I was excited to read another one. Especially TPAA, since the subject matter is so frightening and fascinating at the same time. What if Lindbergh, a national, really international hero and superstar, were to be elected President? So what? If we add to that his Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist leanings, the crusade of Hitler and Fascism in Europe, and Lindbergh’s isolationist platform, we’ve got quite a heady mix.