September 27, 2004


Could Philip Roth's forthcoming novel tip the scales IN FAVOR of Bush?: Out next week, and right before what seems now to be a close presidential election, the book is sure to draw all sorts of contemporary comparisons and analogies. (Abe Novick, 9/27/04, Jewish World Review)

For many Jews going to the polls in November, they must wonder if the same long-standing enemies of Israel, are also the enemies of The United States due to its support of The Jewish State.

It will be interesting to see the debate swirl over Roth's corrosive satire.

But what will be even more fascinating, is the novel will be appearing during a nastily contested presidential election. One with many Jewish voters torn between President Bush's War on Terror and his support for Israel, and their longstanding, traditional loyalty to leftwing ideals personified by The Democratic Party.

The Wife's response upon hearing Mr. Roth interviewed on NPR: "I don't get it. If Lindbergh was an isolationist, isn't Kerry more like Lindbergh?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2004 12:55 PM

This is going to be VERY interesting. Here we have yet another "Republican president turns America into Nazi police state" theme.

But ALSO a story of how an unlikely candidate wins and turns America isolationist, abandoning millions to tyranny and death...

Everyone will be saying that the shoe fits, so wear it....Did Roth do this intentionally?

Posted by: John Weidner at September 27, 2004 1:07 PM

I'm probably not going to read this book for two reasons, well, three:

1) Roth himself. I'm not a fan of his work, and I hear he treated the actress Claire Bloom like crud while they were married.

2) I'm given to understand that in a recent interview plugging this book, Roth implied that _he_ invented the alternate-history genre, at least as far as putting historical characters in ahistorical, or, as AH mavens prefer to put it, "counterfactual" situations. I bet Harry Turtledove will be real glad to hear that.

3) Frank Rich, in his review of the book, called AH a "low-rent" genre. Not that he cares, but he just forfeited any chance he has of my ever taking anything he has to say seriously again.

Posted by: Joe at September 27, 2004 1:30 PM

The last time I looked, it was Kerry who wanted to leave crypto-fascists like Sadaam in power.

Posted by: Steve at September 27, 2004 2:42 PM
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