The Plot Against America

by Philip Roth
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The Plot Against America

In this excellent novel, in which Roth reimagines the history of America in the 1930s and in the lead up to World War II, one of the most important symbols is the election of Lindbergh as US...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2013, 9:45 am (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

Roth's version of events is plausible to the extent that any such alternative history can be. For some of us, there's a reflexive belief that if something happened a certain way, it had to have...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

The ending of Roth's alternative-history novel reveals, or at least suggests, different "facts" or truths which can be said to have validity in different regions of reality, so to speak. On the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018, 6:04 pm (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

In the alternative world in which The Plot Against America is set, FDR is defeated in the 1940 presidential election by Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator, isolationist, and fascist sympathizer....

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 8:44 am (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

The answer probably lies in the need of an alternative-history writer to provide as much factual detail as possible to counter the unreality of the basic scenario. All fiction is premised to a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

If we are talking about strengths in the sense of Roth's skills as a novelist, these are shown mainly in the mass of realistic detail he gives to support an alternative-history plot some would...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020, 12:35 am (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

Roth's alternate history novel includes a number of real-life historical figures, most of whom are accurately presented, but one who is shown as quite different from his actual beliefs and actions....

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019, 11:43 am (UTC)

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The Plot Against America

In books like Roth's, the point of mixing history and fiction is to show that history as it unfolded was not inevitable. Events could have gone a different and darker way. Roth focuses on the year...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2021, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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