The author of a dozen novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama, as well as essays and commentary on literature and politics, Mr. The cause of death was complications from lung cancer, the novelist’s son, Richard Doctorow, told the paper. The Bronx-born son of second-generation Jewish immigrants wielded a writing style that was bold and unusual.
Each work took different facts and fictional elements in a new direction, from Westerns to the detective story. His narrative style was unpredictable and unconventional — giving him the reputation of a creative experimenter. You hereby accept The Times of Israel Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, and you agree to receive the latest news & offers from The Times of Israel and its partners or ad sponsors. Plot reads like a cross between EL Doctorow's wonderful Ragtime and the manic, hilarious, gross-out Roth masterpiece, Portnoy's Complaint. Plot has some mis-steps -- the whole third act kind of loses it for a while, with the climax and the denouement seemingly swapped around, and the recounting of a bizarre conspiracy theory reminds you that you're reading alternate history, not the real thing. I listened to Plot as an audiobook, a masterful performance from Ron Silver, who read it like in a great, old-time-movie New York Jew voice, and who handled the other characters -- including Churchill and FDR with just as much mastery and versatility.


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Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The March) died in New York on Tuesday, of complications from lung cancer. Doctorow was widely lauded for the originality, versatility and audacity of his imagination. Deploying, in different books, the unreliable narrator, the stream-of-consciousness narrator, the omniscient narrator and multiple narrators, Mr. Plot is an alternate history about a world in which Charles Lindbergh wins the Republican presidential nomination and beats back FDR on a campaign of "isolationism," keeping America out of WWII.
The story chronicles the shifts in America and in Roth's family as Lindbergh's anti-Semites take power, and as they slowly begin a kind of low-key pogrom, taking Jewish children away from their parents and sending them to live with Gentile families in the South, relocating Jewish families out of the cities, and so all. Nevertheless, the cast of characters, real and fictional, are exceptionally well drawn (Henry Ford, largely offstage, is a distinctly Cheney-esque presence as Lindbergh's Secretary of State).


Instead of gathering students into a room and teaching them, everybody learns on their own time, on tablets and guided by artificial intelligence. One comment in particular, though, set her reeling — and came to exemplify her experiences there. His books taught me much, and he will be missed,” President Barack Obama said in a message posted on Twitter. Lindbergh was a real-world Nazi sympathizer who was even awarded medals by Hitler's government, and in Plot, Lindbergh's Isolationism is a front for an anti-Semitic program that creeps by inches into the world of the novel's point of view character, also called "Philip Roth," a young boy growing up in a Jewish neighborhood in New Jersey.
There are moments of real Roth humor, but they're just spice for a much more serious, it-could-happen-here kind of story that had me alarmed anew about the current administration's attacks on the Constitution.



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