Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ten of the best riots in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best riots in literature.

One book on the list:
American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Riots figure largely in American fiction (Pynchon, DeLillo) but nowhere more devastatingly than in Roth's tale of Seymour Levov's search for his bitterly disaffected daughter. As he finds her, his home town of Newark is being destroyed by race riots.
Read about another riot on Mullan's list.

American Pastoral is one of Maria Semple's six best books and one of Ward Just's five favorite novels about the pursuit of money.

--Marshal Zeringue