Our Gang (starring Tricky and His Friends)

Our Gang (starring Tricky and His Friends)

Book - 1971
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A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang" "is Philip Roth' s brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon. In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn' t have a problem with killing unarmed women and children in self-defense. A master politician with an honest sneer, he finds himself battling the Boy Scouts, declaring war on Pro-Pornography Denmark, all the time trusting in the basic indifference of the voting public.
Publisher: New York, Random House [c1971]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394478869
Branch Call Number: FICTION Roth
Characteristics: 200 p. 22 cm


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Nov 18, 2015

Congratulations, you've checked out Roth's worst book! I don't say this lightly, as I think Roth is maybe the finest American novelist of the past 40 years. I've been gradually working through his books and this is one of his most curious and atypical. A strident and unfunny satire of Nixon and is cronies, it may have had some bite and relevancy in the 70s, but now feels dated and cheap. Worth reading if only to experience a Roth misfire


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