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Indignation [BOOKS] ✸ Indignation By Philip Roth – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Αμερική 1951 Δεύτερος χρόνος του πολέμου της Κορέας Ο Μάρκους Μέσνερ μελετηρός νομοταγής και παθιασμένος νεαρ Αμερική Δεύτερος χρόνος του πολέμου της Κορέας Ο Μάρκους Μέσνερ μελετηρός νομοταγής και παθιασμένος νεαρός από το Νιούαρκ του Νιου Τζέρζι είναι δευτεροετής φοιτητής στο συντηρητικό θρησκευτικών καταβολών πανεπιστήμιο του Γουάινσμπεργκ στο Οχάιο Γιατί δεν βρίσκεται στο τοπικό πανεπιστήμιο του Νιούαρκ όπου είχε αρχικά εγγραφεί; Αιτία είναι ο πατέρας του ρωμαλέος χασάπης της γειτονιάς αφοσιωμένος στη σκληρή δουλειά που δείχνει να μην μπορεί να ελέγξει τον φόβο και την ανησυχία του για τους κινδύνους που πιστεύει ότι απειλούν τον αγαπημένο του γιο τους κινδύνους της ενήλικης ζωής και του κόσμου που παραμονεύουν σε κάθε γωνιάΌπως εξηγεί στον Μάρκους η μητέρα του θύμα και η ίδια αυτής της παράλογης συμπεριφοράς οι φόβοι του πατέρα οφείλονται στην αγάπη και την υπερηφάνεια που αισθάνεται γι’ αυτόν Ίσως να είναι έτσι αλλά αυτή η κατάσταση κάνει τον Μάρκους να αγανακτεί τόσο που δεν αντέχει πια τη συμβίωση με τους γονείς τουΕγκαταλείπει το πατρικό του και μακριά από το Νιούαρκ σ’ ένα πανεπιστήμιο των Μεσοδυτικών Πολιτειών αναζητά τον δρόμο του μέσα στο πλαίσιο που ορίζουν τα ήθη και οι περιορισμοί ενός διαφορετικού αμερικανικού κόσμουΗ Αγανάκτηση το εικοστό ένατο βιβλίο του Φίλιπ Ροθ αφηγείται την ιστορία ενός νέου ανθρώπου που διαπλάθεται μέσα στις τρομακτικές συγκυρίες και τα παράδοξα εμπόδια που ορθώνει μπροστά του η ζωή Είναι μια ιστορία για την απειρία και την ανοησία για την πνευματική αντίσταση για την αφύπνιση της σεξουαλικότητας για το θάρρος και την πλάνη δοσμένη με τον ευρηματικό ζωντανό και πνευματώδη τρόπο του ΡοθΟ συγγραφέας εγκαταλείπει τα θέματα που στοίχειωναν τα προηγούμενα έργα του τα γηρατειά και την πείρα της ζωής και στρέφεται με δύναμη στη διερεύνηση του τρόπου που επιδρά η αμερικανική ιστορία στη ζωή των ευάλωτων ανθρώπων.


About the Author: Philip Roth

Philip Milton Roth was an American novelist He gained early literary fame with the collection Goodbye Columbus winner of 's National Book Award cemented it with his bestseller Portnoy's Complaint and has continued to write critically acclaimed works many of which feature his fictional alter ego Nathan Zuckerman The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in and in.



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  1. İntellecta İntellecta says:

    Philip Roth tells an interesting story The book is only 200 pages long but nevertheless it is very complex multi faceted fluid tensed and it touches the reader deeply Philip Roth has created a story where the atmosphere and feelings of this time are perfectly written An exceptionally good book and it is conseuently absolutely recommendableDenn die Schwäche anderer Menschen kann dich ebenso besiegen wie ihre Stärke Schwache Leute sind nicht harmlosS 153


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Indignation Philip RothIndignation is a novel by Philip Roth released by Houghton Mifflin on September 16 2008 It is his twenty ninth book Set in America in 1951 the second year of the Korean War Indignation is narrated by Marcus Messner a Jewish college student from Newark New Jersey who describes his sopho year at Winesburg College in Ohio Marcus transfers to Winesburg from Robert Treat College in Newark to escape his father a kosher butcher who appears to have become consumed with fear about the dangers of adult life the world and the uncertainty that awaits his sonتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز نهم ماه دسامبر سال 2010 میلادیعنوان خشم؛ نویسنده فلیپ راث؛ مترجم فریدون مجلسی؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1388، در 191 ص؛ شابک 9789644484209؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20مخشم 2008میلادی، آخرین رمان «فیلیپ راث»، در باره ی سیر تاریخ اجتماعی امریکا ست، نگارنده در این کتاب، به شرح زندگی «مارکوس مسنر» جوان، فرزند قصاب کاشر، اهل نیوآرک در نیوجرس،ی می‌پردازد، که در سال 1951میلادی، در اوج جنگ کره، گام به کالج محافظه کار وینزبورگ، در اوهایو می‌گذارد؛ کتاب با الهام از شورش دانشجوئی آغاز، و در یادداشتی نهائی، با شورش دیگری پایان می‌یابد؛ تحلیل روانی شخصیت‌های داستان، با قلم توانای راث، یکی از بزرگترین نویسندگان کنونی امریکا، حیرت انگیز است؛ «مارکوس»، قهرمان نویسنده، دوست دارد درس بخواند و کار کند؛ او میخواهد در هیچ دار و دسته‌ ای داخل نشود؛ پا به کلیسا نیز نگذارد؛ هرچه زودتر با بالاترین نمره ها فارغ التحصیل شود؛ او در دانشگاه با دختری به نام «اولیوا» آشنا می‌شو؛ و؛ا شربیانی


  3. Lawyer Lawyer says:

    INDIGNATIONthe novel and an opinion regarding literary criticismPhilip Roth's twenty ninth book Indignation is one of those novels about which some critics are a bit well indignant They're indignant that Roth didn't produce another masterpiece of the same degree as American Pastoral The Human Stain or The Plot Against America to name a fewThey also are a bit indignant that Roth once again addresses the same issues he has repeatedly addressed in previous works that is overcoming the dominance of family growing up Jewish rebelling against family tradition to gain autonomy the eternal uest for sexual initiation love loss and inevitably death Of course Roth is dealing freuently with death as he contemplates his own mortality That's not unnatural considering the man is now seventy nine born March 19 1933 You might check my math I'm not getting any younger eitherMarcus Messner has a lot about which to be indignant He is nineteen Indignation is as prevalent for him as adolescent angst He is the perfect student He works part time in his father's Kosher butcher shop in New Jersey But he yearns to break free from his family's restrictive life style Doesn't every adolescent?Marcus's father's love for him is boundless But in his effort to protect Marcus from the rest of the world his love is oppressive Like Garp who worries about the worst case scenario in every scenario he frets that Marcus will unwittingly end up in a situation beyond his control You are a boy with a magnificent future before you his father tells him 'How do I know you're not going to places where you can get yourself killed?' And oh God Marcus is still a virgin He doesn't want to be Who does at that age any?Marcus escapes the family ties that bind by enrolling in Winesburg College far from home in the Midwest Roth's allusion to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg Ohio is fitting because there is much of the grotesue to which Marcus is exposed It is a bit of irony that flows through Roth's dark humor in this little bookHaving slipped loose those familial bonds Marcus seeks his independence and to lose his virginity He does so much to his surprise to the lips of lovely Olivia a troubled young woman with the scars of a failed suicide on her wrists and some time spent in a mental health institution She tells Marcus I did that because I like you so much Olivia has her own poignant reasons for pleasing Marcus leading to a very complicated and moving relationshipHaving kicked over the family traces Marcus becomes a rebel on a very conservative campus He can't win It is not a good time to be expelled It is 1951 the second year of the Korean War when the most intense fighting was occurring around the 38th parallelHistorically this was a period of escalating Chinese involvement Mao had called upon Stalin's aid for euipment and materiel to which Stalin agreed McArthur was considering using nuclear weapons against Chinese and North Korean troops prior to his being recalled by President Truman Marcus had included ROTC in his schedule He is nobody's fool It would be safer to go to war as an officer However Marcus is foolish enough to push his campus issues to the point he is expelledMarcus is drafted The next stop is the 38th ParallelI leave it to the reader to find what happens to Marcus MessnerHowever as noted in Roth's subseuent short novel Nemesis it is the last of four short novels beginning with Everyman in 2006 followed by The Humbling and Indignation Those four short novels complement one another on the unifying theme of mortality Indignation clearly belongs in this uartet that constitutes a remarkable literary dirgeRoth's detractors bash the old man for rehashing the same themes throughout his works Some refer to it as cannibalizing from his previous worksThe simple fact of the matter is life is a process much the same for every individual You are born You have a relationship with your family sometimes with two parents sometimes with one Sometimes even noneDepending on what part of the world you live in you go to school You interact with your fellow students or village mates You are socialized As a child becomes an adolescent he pulls away from his familyDuring the process of gaining autonomy there is conflict with your familyYou may or may not have spiritual values If you do you most likely will lose your religion should you be fortunate enough to attend an institute of higher educationYou will become politicized Per Paul SimonYou will be Lou Adlered Barry Sadlered and Beatled till you're blindAt some point you will become initiated into the mysterious realm of the great secret of sex It will be pleasant or it will be unpleasantYou will feel guilt or not You will pursue the sexual union for its intense gratification or notYou will fall into lust once or If you're lucky you'll find something that you identify as love It will last or it won't It may be marriage or notYou may choose to have children or not You will bear children or abort them If you have children you will subject them to the same pressures you felt from your own family as an adolescent or notYour children will love you hate you or become indifferent to youIf you are fortunate you will never go to war If you are not oh fortunate son you will go to war because you are no Senator's son You will kill or be killed You will live or you will die You have some degree of control over this depending on your skill at killing others or saving yourself through cowardiceIf you go to war and you live you will come home a different person It is unlikely you will ever be the same If you are the same and you are unaffected you are amoral You have a choice to be moral or amoralYou may live to a ripe old age or you may die in the next moment through events completely out of your controlThe only universal truth is you will never get out of this life aliveThrough each phase of life there will be conflict You will have good days You will have bad days Some days you will be the windshield Other daysyou will be the bugHow many variations are there on what it is to live as a human being no matter your culture your parentsyour community your values?I may have missed a few sub issues here and there But have I missed that much?For those critics who accuse writers of rehashing the same themes I ask how many different themes are there from the dawn of time Their belief that an author has developed a formulaic work is a futile effort on their part to say they are different that they are uniue that their lives be different from that described above They are wrong One day they will be dead wrongErnest Hemingway may have said it best in A Farewell to Arms “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them so of course it kills them The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places But those that will not break it kills It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry” The uestion is does a book stand completely on its own separate and apart from every other book I think not I think what James Baldwin said is true “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world but then you read It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive or who had ever been alive” People read books They are influenced by them Writers write from their lives and the books they have read Books breed books In short there are only so many variations on a themeSo not only is this a review of Roth's Indignation it's a review of reviewers and critics I'll express a little of my own indignation over the ethics of critics and critiues or rather the lack of simple ethics in tanking a work by a major writer while wearing a gleeful smileMichiko Kakutani is a primary example of the critic who will shred an author's work the greater the author the brutal the shreddingIn the words of George Bernard Shaw which might be considered a bit mean spirited too He who can does He who cannot teaches You may find this in Man and Superman Maxims for Revolutionists written in 1903 Not to say that literary criticism isn't writing those who do not write literature critiue or criticize itI will be among the first to say Kakutani earned her chops as a literary critic for the New York Times She got her BA in English Lit at Yale in 1976 mentored by author John Hersey Subseuently she began her career as a reporter first for the Washington Post and then for Time Magazine She began reviewing books for the NYTimes in 1983 She won the Pulitzer Prize for literary criticism in 1998 None of these things are small accomplishmentsHowever at Wikipedia we find the following all precisely documented and referenced Salman Rushdie has called her 'a weird woman who seems to feel the need to alternately praise and spank'9 In a June 2005 interview with Rolling Stone magazine author Norman Mailer criticized Kakutani as a 'one woman kamikaze' who 'disdains white male authors' and deliberately 'brings out your review two weeks in advance of publication She trashes it just to hurt sales and embarrass the author' Mailer also said that New York Times editors were 'terrified' of Kakutani and 'can't fire her' because she's 'a token' 'an Asiatic a feminist'10 Jonathan Franzen called her 'the stupidest person in New York' 11 Franzen has also called her an 'international embarrassment' 12 Moreover in recent years Kakutani's particularly harsh reviews of books by famous authors for example John Updike's The Widows of Eastwick13 are followed by usually milder or openly positive reviews of the same titles by other Times reviewers14On July 19 2007 The New York Times published a pre release story written by Kakutani about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows An account of the ensuing controversy including the critical comments of some Harry Potter fans can be found on the Times Public Editor's blog15 See references cited thereinWhat I find particularly refreshing here on goodreads is the recommended practice of posting a spoiler alertto hide spoilers thus allowing the reader of the review to determine whether or not they want the key plot points revealed or not To me that's the way to write a reviewHere is the link to Ms Kakutani's review of Indignation leave it to the reader of this review to determine whether they would like to have the punchline of Indignation destroyed by the very title of the review and hammering the nail down on the coffin with a one sentence paragraph lead in to the remainder of the review The line begins The narrator of Philip Roth’s new novel is aNorman Mailer was never at a loss for words in response to an unfavorable review He was no knight in shining armor Some of his opinions regarding Ms Kakutani are past demeaning However he stooped to her level and engaged in a tit for tat The bottom line is Ms Kakutani on than one occasion spoiled a novel for the prospective reader by unveiling the turns and twists of an author's work Yes she was the divine wind in her treatment of Indignation It is a simple uestion to ask at this point Would you buy a mystery if the reviewer had already told you who done it? Well if it were an author I regularly read the answer is probably yes For many readers though the answer is What's the point?While Ms Kakutani may have her Pulitzer is it ethical to torpedo a novel using a techniue to discourage the work finding a readership I say it is notIn Disney's Bambi the little rabbit Thumper was constantly reminded by his mother If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all That is NOT my theory regarding literary criticism But the only point to spilling all the beans by a reviewer is hitting below the belt It is a nasty form of preemptive censorship committed for reasons lacking honesty or honor Reviewers and critics have joyfully taken pot shots at every author of any merit with relish Hemingway Steinbeck Faulkner O'Connor However I am always amazed that critics of that sort may critiue but have not written a literary work In the present case the score is Roth1960 National Book Award for Goodbye Columbus1975 National Book Award finalist for My Life As A Man1978 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for The Professor Of Desire1980 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist for The Ghost Writer1980 National Book Award finalist for The Ghost Writer1980 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for The Ghost Writer1984 National Book Award finalist for The Anatomy Lesson1984 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for The Anatomy Lesson1986 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Counterlife1986 National Book Award finalist for The Counterlife1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for Patrimony1994 PENFaulkner Award for Operation Shylock1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist for Operation Shylock1995 National Book Award for Sabbath's Theater1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist for Sabbath's Theater1998 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for American Pastoral1998 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for American Pastoral1998 Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union for I Married a Communist1998 National Medal of Arts2000 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger France for American Pastoral2001 Franz Kafka Prize2001 PENFaulkner Award for The Human Stain2001 Gold Medal In Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters2001 WH Smith Literary Award for The Human Stain2002 National Book Foundation's Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters2002 Prix Médicis Étranger France for The Human Stain2003 Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Harvard University2005 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for The Plot Against America2005 Sidewise Award for Alternate History for The Plot Against America2005 James Feni Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction for The Plot Against America2006 PENNabokov Award for lifetime achievement2007 PENFaulkner Award for Everyman2007 PENSaul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction2010 Paris Review's Hadada Prize2011 Man Booker International PrizeKakutani1998 Pulitzer Prize for Literary CriticismNovels 0Game Set MatchWhen Roth was awarded the 2011 Man Booker International Prize the following is noted in the Wikipedia entry regarding the awardRoth was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction on the world stage the fourth winner of the biennial prize One of the judges Carmen Callil a publisher of the feminist Virago house withdrew in protest referring to Roth's work as 'Emperor's clothes' She said 'he goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book It's as though he's sitting on your face and you can't breathe I don’t rate him as a writer at all ' Observers uickly noted that Callil had a conflict of interest having published a book by Claire Bloom which had criticized Roth In response one of the two other Booker judges Rick Gekoski remarked 'In 1959 he writes Goodbye Columbus and it's a masterpiece magnificent Fifty one years later he's 78 years old and he writes Nemesis and it is so wonderful such a terrific novel Tell me one other writer who 50 years apart writes masterpieces If you look at the trajectory of the average novel writer there is a learning period then a period of high achievement then the talent runs out and in middle age they start slowly to decline People say why aren't Martin Amis and Julian Barnes getting on the Booker prize shortlist but that's what happens in middle age Philip Roth though gets better and better in middle age In the 1990s he was almost incapable of not writing a masterpiece – The Human Stain The Plot Against America I Married a Communist He was 65 70 years old what the hell's he doing writing that well?'Good uestion


  4. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    “It’s about life where the tiniest misstep can have tragic conseuences”Philip Roth one of the great American novelists died in May 2018 so I decided to read Sabbath’s Theater his final National Book award winner and then his uncharacteristically shorter final four novels some says novellas grouped under the descriptor “Nemeses” which would seem to be linked by the author’s concerns arising out of his own decline and death His last say shall we say I had wanted to read them in order of publication but I had this one nearby and read it It surprised me in not being about the sad observations of an aging ie decaying man which most of the narrators or main characters of his last books are though mortality for Roth has been a consideration for decades but is narrated by a nineteen year old young man whom we learn about 13 of the way in—just mentioned casually and that’s it—is actually dead Yes the story is narrated by a ghostThe novel begins innocently and nostalgically enough as Marcus Messner tells of family life and baseball and school work and working in his father’s butcher shop “It was my job not just to pluck the chickens but to eviscerate them I hated that part Nauseating and disgusting but it had to be done That's what I learned from my father and what I loved learning from him that you do what you have to do” One motif is early fifties style American determination in the close knit context of a Jewish American family; another is blood Chicken blood human blood but also familial blood I’m also listening to Kerouac now; there are no beatniks in this book nor anywhere near itIt is 1951 in America the second year of the Korean War Marcus can’t stand his father’s obsessive over protection of him and needs to go far away to school He ends up at Ohio’s Winesburg College Yes this is a reference to Sherwood Anderson’s short story collection Winesburg Ohio the small town gentile haven of Midwestern conservatism so contrasted with Marcus’s and Roth's own East coast Jewish Newark upbringing Sweet Marcus such a good reliable boy becomes resentful of his father and yes indignant and indignant too at the Dean who wonders why Marcus switches roommates indignantly twice in his first term Marcus as a Jew is indignant about Winesburg’s chapel attendance policy and rather than uietly accepting the Dean’s mild chiding explodes into argument with him as he had done with his father He is ready to leave Winesburg the provincial place and Marcus leaving the Dean correctly sees as Marcus’s basic moAs with all Roth one feature of the book is elouent oratory incisive argument and bombast but in this book to what end? Indignation is about a young man’s resistance for resistance’s sake and the mistakes this sets in motion It is not about old age since he never makes it there but it is a story about arrogant pushback something Roth seems to have done with his own parents and deathsThe story takes place against the backdrop of the Korean War which is always a specter of potential doom for the Messner family who lost some of their own in WWII You have to study hard Marcus and stay in school or you may have to go to Korea and then maybe die This was part of my motivation too for going to college during the Vietnam War That is Marcus’s central purpose in life to excel in school and a second purpose admittedly frivolous but still pretty darned important is “to have intercourse before I died” because this is Roth and every Roth male main character no matter the age has sex on his brain though in this tale the obsession is relatively innocent—especially compared to Mickey Sabbath a goal which he pursues with a young woman Olivia Hutton who is herself sexually active compared to the virginal Marcus but also has in the past year attempted suicide We don’t exactly know why but we know fairly early on that Olivia has a “reputation” at the college and is thus “liked” but not deeply admired The tone of the novel is largely comic isolationist until we begin to deal in a serious way with some of the realities of Olivia’s life of American and international life re the Korean war and of Marcus’s life Then things get serious and we have to re evaluate everything we thought we knewIf the author’s big trilogy American Pastoral I Married a Communist and The Human Stain is about postwar American history this one is a short but good contribution to that group focused on American involvement in the Korean War It doesn’t have the scope or ambition or heft of those three books; it isn’t complexly layered as those three books are but I still loved it as an older author’s—he’s 75 when he writes this writing as well as anyone alive you can name cautionary coming of age story for its tragi comic simplicity And in Roth’s capable hands he shows us a time in American history that depicts a campus panty raid under the threat of expulsion to the military at approximately the same time Olivia “visits” Marcus in the hospital yes I mean to have sex with him where he is recovering from hernia surgery“ what his uneducated father had been trying so hard to teach him all along of the terrible the incomprehensible way one’s most banal incidental even comical choices achieve the most disproportionate result”Crazy Dad turns out to have been right alas It happens sometimes huh that old Dad was right? Ah but Roth is such an amazing writer I’m really of a minimalist guy historically into guys okay they're all guys in this list yep such as Hemingway and Carver but I have enjoyed my deep dive into non minimalist Roth the last couple years I hadn’t expected to like this late book as much as I did Who would expect it? The dude was 75Oh and two things about the charge of misogyny leveled against Roth all his career? Marcus’s mother is one strong and independent woman here as most Roth mothers are; also the sad story of Olivia Hutton’s proudly joyful sexuality and where it leads to in 1951 Winesburg makes for one of the most poignant portraits of a bright and engaging woman I can recall in Roth The uiet meeting between Marcus’s mother and Marcus’s girl friend and what results is heart breaking


  5. Lisa Lisa says:

    Reading Indignation There is some anger in each young generation an urgent need to break free from parental values and from a dominant society that doesn't match the visions adolescents have of a better futureWhen Philip Roth takes on adolescent rage in his old age it is of course going to be about overprotective fathers oppressive religious rituals versus atheism male sexuality in detail difficulties with authorities in general an American dream gone wrongYet despite the particular circumstances of the novel set during the Korean War it tells a story as universal and as timeless as human coming of age Try to force the next generation to satisfy parental dreams and disaster is going to strike It is as inevitable as a Greek myth Because they try to prevent the oracle's words from coming true the Greek heroes set up the conditions that make the oracle come true Because parents try to shield their children from evil they cause a lot of problems for them There is some truth in that still and Roth was a master of irony so the topic suits him Recommended to those who see their children set sails for new horizons


  6. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”I put my mouth to the page and kissed the ‘O’ Kissed it and kissed it Then impulsively with the tip of my tongue I began to lick the ink of the signature patiently as a cat at his milk bowl I licked away until there no longer the ‘O’ the ‘l’ the ‘i’ the ‘v’ the second ‘i’ the ‘a’ licked until the upswept tail was completely gone I had drunk her writing I had eaten her name I had all I could do not to eat the whole thing”After reaching the threshold of his frustration with his father Marcus Messner heads west to attend the very conservative Winesburg College in Ohio Given his obsession with the writings of Bertrand Russell and his own personal disregard for organized religion he probably should have found a college that better fits his temperament Desperation tends to lead to rash decisions and Marcus would have done anything to get away from New Jersey his father’s cloying obsession over every moment of his day and the family kosher butcher shopHe is a young man of grand passions and explosive opinions He soon finds himself at odds with the reuirements of the school specifically the 40 times he has to attend chapel a year but he also keeps moving from roommate to roommate unable to get along with anyone and finally moves into an attic room that no one wants so he can live by himself Is he intolerable of differences of opinions or is everyone else too intolerable to live with? His father has become angry at everyone and finds the world to be a very unsafe place and though he would deny it vigorously Marcus is exactly like his father The difference is that his father took several decades longer to become that angry There is a girl There is always a girl or at least there always should be Olivia Hutton is the odd but pretty girl in history class A doe a fragile beauty who remarkably seems to like him He is a virgin and he soon discovers that she is not When they park on their first date he is expecting or hoping for some heavy petting but he gets than he could ever hope for or is even ready for She has a scar a long white scar across her wrist ”You would have thought the whole of Olivia lay in her laughter when in fact it lay in her scar” Olivia finds him to be odd serious and mysterious When Marcus’s mother meets her she insists that he needs to stop seeing Olivia because ”This is a girl full of tears”This astute observation made me sad I thought to myself here is a girl where the tragedy of her life is splashed across her face for all to see Why is it no one can help her? Marcus fucks everything up with Olivia Is this the classic boy wins girl boy loses girl and boy wins girl back plot? Hmmm if only his life would prove to be that simpleAs she avoids him his obsession with her grows They exchange letters jockeying for understanding He realizes that he must get her back He is working trying to become valedictorian of his class and trying to find the right words that will win back Olivia He has no time for the rules and regulations of this very conservative school and soon finds himself in conflict with the dean Why can’t everyone just leave him alone? Why can’t Olivia see that his lovelust for her is real? Isn’t he doing enough? This is 1951 and the Korean War is raging Young men are dying in the snow and mud trying to keep the Chinese from overrunning South Korea The fear of being drafted is a looming dread hanging over him As long as he can stay in school he will be deferred but can he make the compromises that will keep him out of conflict with the dean and also keep him out of the conflict overseas?Marcus has a lot of can’ts in his vocabulary Indignation surrounds him in a cloud of dissent The big decisions we make that we think will unalterably change the course of our lives are sometimes sabotaged by a series of small decisions that lead us down the most unexpected paths It is ”incomprehensible the way one's most banal incidental even comical choices achieve the most disproportionate result”This is a slender volume that is exploring themes that go deeper than what the overarching plot would indicate The writing flows uickly like a rain swollen stream and sometimes I found myself being pushed along too fast I had to occasionally reach out and grab a passing branch so I could let the water flow past me for a while to ponder the subconscious rumblings of the machinery beneath the stage There is a movie from 2016 directed by James Schamus that I fully intend to watch as well Will Schamus capture the nuances? We shall see If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account


  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    As always Roth delivers fantastic story built of just human frailty and indignation Marc Messner is indignant about things ranging from his father's obsessive over protection to the Winesburg College reuirement for chapel attendance 40 times His own failure to compromise Dean Coulter for all his faults was right about that was his undoing The Olivia Hutton incident is so heart rending as well Only a master writer like Roth could pack so much into such a short powerful book Yes another seemingly benign but superb masterpiece from RothRIP 1933 2018 One of America's literary giants has left us


  8. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “Of a terrible the incomprehensible way one's most banal incidental even comical choices archive the most disproportionate result” ― Philip Roth IndignationThere was a period when I hated Roth's small books I loved his big strong hefty books I thought DeLillo and Roth's novella periods were horrible indulgences; vanity projects meant to expel some small idea some festering detail yet unexplored in their earlier masterpieces A prose zit popping I still think they are a bit indulgent and not as good as Roth and DeLillo's great works but I guess as I get a bit older I become less indignant of things that matter little really Anyway this novella moved up my list because several Roth books have recently been made into movies and this looked like one my wife and I would go to together So I brought home my small beautiful yet unread autographed copy of Roth's 'Indignation' My wife read it first and finished it That was a good sign She has a very low toleration for crap and where I MUST finish something she has no problem abandoning a novel if it doesn't measure up to her minute by minute standards this creates a bit of uncertainty in our marriage and keeps me on my toes She felt it was a bit darker than she typically likes Once early in our marriage my wife summarized my literary taste as older white men with sexual issues Obviously reading Roth is bound to solidify that stereotypeWhen I started reading the novel I was tickled to find a bunch of not so subtle allusions to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg Ohio Anderson's book of related short stories seems to have been an inspiration or at least a harbinger of of this later Roth novella While I don't love this book as much as Anderson's book I still enjoyed it as much as one can enjoy a book about death loneliness isolation rigidity and indignation It was tight beautiful and also strange and sad IT was a Philip Roth novella


  9. Snotchocheez Snotchocheez says:

    35 starsEven when Philip Roth is not at his best he's still plenty readable Indignation is definitely not Roth bringing his A game chops but still uite riveting trying to fathom what's making 1951 college student Marcus Messner so damn indignant The son of a kosher butcher Marcus is a Jewish by birth only non believer whose sole raison d'etre seems to be to do well at college at Wineburg Ohio so that he can avoid bring drafted into the Korean War as anything less than a lieutenant and probably to escape having to work alongside his overbearing father in his failing Newark New Jersey butcher's business Everyone is distracting Marcus from straight A's from fraternity members of both the Jewish frat and non denominational frat of Wineburg College trying to get him to rush their frats dormitory bunkmates that drive him crazy with their insolent behavior a mystery blow job ueen of a female classmate Olivia trying to inveigle herself into his life Even the Dean of Students keeps calling Marcus to his office to sort out what's getting his goatAs I've found in the past when Roth reins in the length of his novels the uality of his prose generally seems to jump upward That's pretty much the case here Solidbreezy storytelling just enough heft to keep you thinking about what you've just read without bashing your skull in with needless exposition This is not the best Roth I've read but I was still plenty satisfied


  10. Cymru Roberts Cymru Roberts says:

    It wouldn't be a Philip Roth book without some raining semenThis time the splooj comes not from a chronic masturbator but a lil goodie two shoes named Markie Boy Him and a couple of frat dooshbegs that raid the girls' dorms at a small college in a display of human atrocity similar to the Apache ambush in Blood Meridian Marcus is like the Anti Portnoy repressed instead of indulgent Both of them come from strict Jewish households and both have parents that have inculcated them with extreme neuroses DOESN'T IT SOUND FUN KIDDIES?God knows why Roth wrote this book He wrote a page a day how many words is a page? for about sixty years and then he uit What an artíste I vascillated between hating this book liking it thinking the writing was good thinking the writing sucked Roth writing as Marky boy wasn't uite believable I mean who calls their own cock a penis? What a tool Then it ended and I still don't uite know what to make of it Can't tell if it was just Roth going through the motions or if it just flat out sucked Roth is a good enough technical writer in any event to make the book a uick read I bet if you turned this in for a college project you'd get an A


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