"Philip Roth has beaten pain and rage into a beautiful shape."
The novel is a scathing critique of the commodifying process in the context of a thriving society that stirs up intense excitement but also intense hatred.Personal and political feuds bring about unwarranted violence shown through arresting images of defiance and despair that characterize both the prosperous but miserable glove manufacturer and his daughter Merry, a "hippie-turned-mad bomb-thrower.
1. Searching for explanations and shaping them into a story
2. Violence, outrage and outrageousness.
3. Firing the reader's imagination and arousing a passionate interest.