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Our Gang characters ☆ 106 ↠ ❮Download❯ ➾ Our Gang ➹ Author Philip Roth – Horticulturetrader.co.uk A ferocious political satire in the great tradition Our Gang is Philip Roth’s brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M NixonIn the character of Trick E Dixon Roth shows us a man A ferocious politicalS us a man who outdoes the severest cynic a peace loving uaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn’t have a problem with killing unarmed women and children in self defense. It helps to know about or remember the administration of Richard M Nixon to laugh out loud as I did while reading Roth's great satire but it's not necessary Our Gang certainly satirized Nixon as well as Spiro Agnew several Democrats and a cadre of famous news reporters and commentators but far beyond that it satirizes cynical political opportunism that uses rhetoric that sounds reasonable to twist reason into unrecognized train wreckage no matter the time or placeThe book opens with Trick E Dixon's stated position in favor of the rights of the unborn as actually stated in a uote from Richard M Nixon at the beginning of the 1994 edition I read He plans to show his support by introducing a Constitutional Amendment giving them the vote expecting to secure their votes for himself It rises to his wag the dog attack on Copenhagen created to distract voters from a Boy Scout protest that he decisively stomps down Dixon unlike Nixon is assassinated but the double talk or Orwellian White House Spokesmen and wily politicians deny the obvious until it can no longer be ignoredThroughout Dixon and his advisers pull all of the moves we might decry in today's politics The media goes along blandly asking predictable uestions that allow twisting of words into bits and pieces of good sounding nonsense One difference today is that of the political operatives are part of the media today think Limbaugh Fox News All is revealed as a circus of absurdity designed to distract voters from reality while consolidating power to Tricky Dixon but name your least or most favorite politician or world leader to fill in the blankThe final chapter of Roth's wonderful book might explain the post Nixon rise of Fundamentalism in general and the Tea Party in particular In the final chapter Dixon has descended into Hell and debates Satan in an attempt to win an election for the office of Devil To explain today's fill in the Fundamentalist Political Movement of the Religion of Your Choice Here Dixon must have won His new programs are now evident amid the religious distortions hypocrisy and viciousness of this surging FundamentalismCalling for bold new programs in Evil that will overturn God's kingdom and plunge men into eternal death he goes on to point out that a major part of the problem is that at least one half of the people presently on earthno longer believe in the existence of Hell let alone its influence in world affairs And maybe Satan is satisfied that the Devil the highest official in the underworld once the very symbol of nefariousness to millions is considered in the upper regions to have absolutely no power at all over the decisions made there by men Fundamentalists of every persuasion seem determined to re connect us to concepts of the Devil Satan and the Evil influences of not their belief not their way of living Dixon apparently won that election Roth hints at and his minions are on the loose here and abroad in terrorist circles and Tea Party hypocrisies trying to get than half of us to once again fear the Devil as only the Devil would want us to do

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Our GangA ferocious political satire in the great tradition Our Gang is Philip Roth’s brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M NixonIn the character of Trick E Dixon Roth show. Okay I've had some time to think about this book I know political satires are a dime a dozen but this one works Here are my thoughtsEven though it was written almost 40 years ago and about a president that was less than decorous I think it still has much clout concerning politics and politicians today That's both side of the aisle for those wondering We've seen how inadeuate our elected officials are and worse just how incompetent they can be I think that was the point of this novel Sure Nixon and his staff were easy targets Watergate Vietnamization Peace talks that did anything but bring about a peaceful resolution Even Nixon's personality provided all the fodder needed to razz and scorn a political system riff with moral ambiguity That being said Roth brilliantly evokes a sense of timelessness to this tale He warns us that there is always going to be a Trick E in the White House And too boot there is always going to be a supporting cast that bumbles through charade after charade trying to invoke a sense of righteousness for the American people via the Highest Office in the Land Political commentary aside this novel was hilarious In one episode the National Guard battles the Boy Scouts of America Three scouts are killed in the process and Trick E tries to rationalize why the Guardsmen had a duty and right to defend themselves I hate writing spoilers so don't take my word for it and go and read this chapter in the book It's chapter three If you are not on the ground laughing check your pulse In another instance after Trick E has been assassinated the way Roth handles the political communications is priceless I was only three when the Actor was shot so I can't really give any firsthand accounts of what an attack on a president does to a nation but I have seen how all the recent debacles from Clinton to Obama have been played out in the media Whenever something happens there are channels and channels of people trying to send out information Not all of this information is true; sometimes the information that is sent out is only a smoke screen to bide some time Roth through sardonic humor illustrates this beautifully However there is one downfall to this novel In the last chapter Trick E is debating Satan and is trying to show the demons of Hell that he would be a better leader than the Prince of Darkness For me this gets a bit heavy handed Instead of wrapping up a hilarious novel Roth goes for one joke and fails Perhaps you’ll enjoy this chapter Because of all the laughs that the book provided I am overlooking my criticisms and giving the book my highest honor It will be reread in the future