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Indignation - Philip Roth
Indignation
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Against the backdrop of the Korean War, a young man faces life’s unimagined chances and terrifying consequences.It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the... show more
Against the backdrop of the Korean War, a young man faces life’s unimagined chances and terrifying consequences.It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio’s Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad -- mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy.As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father’s fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.Indignation, Philip Roth’s twenty-ninth book, is a story of inexperience, foolishness, intellectual resistance, sexual discovery, courage, and error. It is a story told with all the inventive energy and wit Roth has at his command, at once a startling departure from the haunted narratives of old age and experience in his recent books and a powerful addition to his investigations of the impact of American history on the life of the vulnerable individual.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780547054841 (054705484X)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 235
Edition language: English
Series: Nemeses (#2)
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3.0 Review of Indignation by Philip Roth
This short novel was a coming of age type of novel about a New Jersey Jewish kid leaving home for college. The story is set against the backdrop of the Korean War, but it mostly focuses on the maturity and personal growth (if you can call it that) of the main character. Roth certainly knows how to...
riley
riley rated it
This has some great moments but on the whole it feels a little forced, for lack of a better word. I feel like the whole "dead narrator" thing is unnecessary, though I'm not sure how I'd fix it. When I was on the bus that I read this on, I was having trouble putting my feelings into words, in part be...
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5.0 Indignation
I absolutely loved this book. It was a story of misguided self destruction told with pathos and humor and I couldn't put it down. The accidents of fate or choice, call it what you will, have devastating consequences. I read it in one sitting. Although the main character is older than I am, he recall...
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