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The Great American Novel

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Publisher Comments:

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

In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Review:

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

Review:

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

Review:

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

About the Author

In the 1990s Philip Roth won Americas four major literary

awards in succession: the National Book Critics Circle

Award for Patrimony (1991), the PEN/Faulkner Award for

Operation Shylock (1993), the National Book Award for Sabbaths

Theater (1995), and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for

American Pastoral (1997). He won the Ambassador Book

Award of the English-Speaking Union for I Married a Communist

(1998); in the same year he received the National

Medal of Arts at the White House. Previously he won the

National Book Critics Circle Award for The Counterlife

(1986) and the National Book Award for his first book,

Goodbye, Columbus (1959). In 2000 he published The Human

Stain, concluding a trilogy that depicts the ideological ethos

of postwar America. For The Human Stain Roth received

his second PEN/Faulkner Award as well as Britains W. H.

Smith Award for the Best Book of the Year. In 2001 he

received the highest award of the American Academy of

Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six

years “for the entire work of the recipient.” In 2005 The

Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians

Award for “the outstanding historical novel on an

American theme for 20032004.” In 2007 Roth received the

PEN/Faulkner Award for Everyman.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679749066
Author:
Roth, Philip
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Sports stories
Subject:
Picaresque literature
Subject:
Baseball stories
Subject:
Baseball teams
Subject:
Scandals -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Scandals.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;baseball;novel;american;humor;literature;20th century;sports;satire;baseball fiction;american literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.86 in 0.75 lb

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