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How was Operation Shylock? I started reading American Pastoral by Roth and somehow I can't get into it.

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How was Operation Shylock? I started reading American Pastoral by Roth and somehow I can't get into it.
I started it twice in the past and stopped after about 50 pages :p it was difficult to get into as well, but now I'm glad I finished it! his style is quite wordy sometimes and a bit difficult, I read Operation Shylock in English which is not my first language and there were quite a few words I've never heard before (despite reading a lot in English and having done my MA in England). I started appreciating his style though, the book definitely had its moments! It was my first book by Roth so I cannot tell you whether this one is similar to his other work. I definitely want to read another one of his in the future though!

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I started it twice in the past and stopped after about 50 pages :p it was difficult to get into as well, but now I'm glad I finished it! his style is quite wordy sometimes and a bit difficult, I read Operation Shylock in English which is not my first language and there were quite a few words I've never heard before (despite reading a lot in English and having done my MA in England). I started appreciating his style though, the book definitely had its moments! It was my first book by Roth so I cannot tell you whether this one is similar to his other work. I definitely want to read another one of his in the future though!
Thank you for your reply. Yeah, the wordiness is where my problem with American Pastoral lies. I think that it may be a great book content-wise, as Roth is a good observer of social issues, but I’m not quite sure, if I like the style of his later books (of course, it’s an observation made only on the basis of one book ).

I read only one book of Roth before – Portnoy’s Complaint and I loved his style there. It was fresh, interesting and humorously chaotic. Now that I’m reading AP, I miss that kind of writing. Yes, maybe he’s more mature and insightful as a writer, but also more boring imo. But I hope it’ll get better, I’m not going to give up on it.

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I read only one book of Roth before – Portnoy’s Complaint and I loved his style there. It was fresh, interesting and humorously chaotic. Now that I’m reading AP, I miss that kind of writing. Yes, maybe he’s more mature and insightful as a writer, but also more boring imo. But I hope it’ll get better, I’m not going to give up on it.

that sounds good! I think you just helped me decide which one of his books I'm going to read next I'm definitely going to add it to my already-too-long-to-read-list....

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