Tom Perrotta on Neighbors, by Thomas Berger

I’ve not read Thomas Berger’s Neighbors, but after reading this interview with Tom Perrotta about the man and the book, I’m going to look for it–Tom Perrotta Hails Suburban Sendup ‘Neighbors’:

There’s no question that Neighbors is a suburban novel that can stand alongside such classics of the genre as John Updike’s Rabbit Redux and Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road. Ultimately, though, Neighbors seems to transcend history and geography in a way that these solider, more earthbound novels don’t. Beneath the antic surface of his story, Berger seems to be making a larger philosophical point about the fragility of civilization itself and the stubborn persistence of our primitive impulses.

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