'Disturbing, logical and very funny... In short, a masterpiece' New York Times Book Review
A ferocious political satire in the great tradition of Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, Our Gang is Philip Roth's brilliantly acerbic response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon.
In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth portrays an American president who outdoes the severest cynic; a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn't have a problem with killing unarmed women and children. A master politician with an honest sneer, he finds himself battling the Boy Scouts, declaring war on pro-pornography Denmark, all the time trusting in the basic indifference of the voting public.
Tricky is the unprincipled self-seeker who hides his heartlessness behind the anaesthetising clichés of high office, whose public language is a merciless parody of that 'candid' Presidential prose which is merely double-talk, or as Orwell put it, 'pure wind'.
"The uncontested master of comic irony"
"Very funny - I laughed out loud sixteen times and giggle internally a statistically unverifiable amount. In short, a masterpiece... I cant think of anything like it"
"A bitter yet hilarious lampoon...a remarkable display of satiric vehemence. An extremely (in every sense) funny, nail-bitingly anxious work"
"When Philip Roth sends Richard Nixon to hell in Our Gang, there is delight in recognising that if there is a hell, Nixon will probably act there just as Roth describes him"
"Perhaps the funniest and most complex exercise in sustained political satire since Animal Farm"
Here are five quotes from The Plot Against America, a counterfactual nightmare and a powerfully insightful tale of tyranny taking over, that can teach us about the present.
Philip Roth wrote 31 books over the course of his career. Between them, the books have won prizes, caused controversy, and generally shaken up the landscape of American fiction. But if you’re new to Roth, where do you start? At the beginning, the middle, the end? Six of his biggest fans in publishing share their advice.