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Indignation (Nemeses #2)

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America, 1951. Marcus Messner, from Newark, New Jersey, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. Far away from home, in the Midwestern college, Marcus has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published September 5th 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (first published 2008)
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INDIGNATION,the novel, and an opinion regarding literary criticism

Philip 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 few.

They also are a bit indignant that Roth once again addresses the same issues he has repeatedly addressed in previous works, that is, overcomin...more
This is only my fourth Roth novel (though I do believe American Pastoral to be one of the great American novels of the 20th century) so I don't really know how to place it. If Samuel Beckett took Portnoy's Complaint and distilled it into a seething novella of adolescent angst and disconnection (leavened with a heavy dose of Oedipal conflict) it would probably look something like Roth's latest offering. Why Beckett? Well, his view of the afterlife suggests we are condemned to live, over and over,...more
Marcus is a clever jewish boy, son of a kosher butcher. His only desire is to accomplish good results at the university, but his cleverness does not prevent him from committing one mistake after another.

During the first year at a college in Newark, still at home with his parents and still working in the butcher shop, his father suddenly begins being paranoid about him and expresses his continuous worries about his son's future. He experiences a sense that death is everywhere and that everything...more
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This book was a mess. It's the story of a young, blue-collar college man, Marcus, who grows up happily working in his father's butcher shop and idolizing the old man. Then, for reasons that remain unexplained, his father succumbs to traumatic anxiety about his son's future, and ends up questioning every decision of his and Marcus's. Of course, the parental anxiety of letting go is understandable as a motive, but Marcus's father jumps far beyond the ordinary, with no explanation (and no attempt,...more
MJ Nicholls
A diverting but hollow novel about Marcus, a butcher’s son encountering various problems in his first term at college. The strongest moments in the book are the touching father/son scenes in the first section, followed closely by the comedic bouts of hauteur exchanged between Marcus and the Dean of the college in the latter part. But please excuse, humble reader, the clanging Kosher butcher/Korean war metaphor, the unconvincing “disturbed” love interest, the shamblingly overwritten and ludicrous...more
فیلیپ راث

1. طرح داستان طرحی فوق العاده، زوایای دوربین عالی است. این رمان در دو بخش است:
_زیر مورفین: بیان اول شخص مارکوس، مارکو از خود و خاطراتش می گوید و ما به زودی میفهمیم که این صفحاتی از زندگی اوست که در لحظات احتضار(جانسپاری) از ذهنش عبور میکند.
در یک صفحه از این بخش فیلیپ راث از زبان مارکو بطور شگفت انگیزی عالم فرازندگی را و ذهن، اندیشه و خاطرات را در دنیای پس از مرگ بیان میکند که بی نظیر است. اینجاست که خواننده در اوایل با یک شک مواجه می شود و برای پاسخ به پرسشها تا انتهای کتاب یک نفس پی...more
Sort of typical Philip Roth rehashing characters he's used before. Here we have an oddball college sophomore whining about his inability to get laid. Stop me if you've heard this one before. Because this plot wouldn't be realistic in today's world, the story is set in the 1950's during the Korean war, and the whiny college student is actually already dead, just looking back on this college experience. Because he refuses to compromise some vague unclear principles, he gets kicked out of school, l...more
So far so good. Flows like Roth's Everyman and should be finished with this by the end of the day.
Read the STOP SMILING review of Indignation:

Has Philip Roth been spending time on the Animal House couch? His 29th novel, which takes place mostly at a tranquil Midwestern college, includes several key elements of classic campus satires:

1) a panty raid

2) a malevolent dean

3) a riot scene

4) projectile ejaculating

Knowing these four ingredients and the name of the author, you’d likely conjure a work much racier than Indignation, which begins in autumn of 1950, two and a half months after the onset o...more
I’m not quite sure of how to review this book, with out ruining it, by giving away a very improtant eleament, it’s best to read “Indignation” without knowing anything about it, other then what the book jacket tells the would be reader. So here goes, this is my attempt. Also a lot of the reviews on goodreads should have had spoiler warnings on them; I would have loved “Indignation” so much more had I not read any reviews before hand.

With some novels the year in which it takes place isn’t all t...more
Jan 06, 2009 Warren marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-list-2009
*Starred Review* In Roth's provocative new novel (his twenty-ninth book)-which, in a quieter, more personal fashion, is as provocative as his astonishing Plot against America (2004)-the setting and the main character are plucked from traditional Roth country: a nice Jewish boy living in Newark in the early 1950s, the son of a kosher butcher. The Korean War rages halfway around the word, but Marcus Messner, conscious though he is of the war and his possible forced participation in it, has a more...more
Tess Holthe
It’s the second year of the Korean War and 19 year-old college student Marcus Messner, a butcher’s son, flees his father’s increasing paranoia. Obsessed with Marcus’s well-being, Mr. Messner chases Marcus away from the safety of his home town, a school where he is thriving and into the great abyss of college and the threat of war. Roth's imagery of the butcher shop and the knives are so masterful with the impending threat of battle and going off to war.

I found the scenes with his father’s irrati...more
André Nuno
Philip Roth é um escritor soberbo. Apetece-me iniciar a minha opinião deste modo.
Urge-me esclarecer de chofre que Philip Roth é um escrevedor com uma capacidade ímpar de imaginar e pintar pormenorizadamente cenários aparentemente simples mas de difícil acesso e explanação ao mais comum dos escritores.

Em Indignação o nosso autor explora a emancipação de um jovem, Marcus Messner, em particular a sua ida para a Universidade;
a transferência desse estabelecimento de ensino para um outro a milhas de d...more
След като останах толкова неприятно изумена от ''Гърдата'', се чудя как изобщо хванах друг роман на Филип Рот доброволно. За мое щастие тази случайност се оказа щастлива.

''Възмущение'' ме накара да чета припряно и лакомо. И ми припомни ''Къде си, Аляска'' по много странен начин, показвайки много ясно разликата между писателя и Писателя. И двете истории разглеждат първата колежанска година на сравнително затворено и добре възпитано момче, което е единствено дете в семейство от средната класа. И д...more
AMERICAN author Philip Roth might be in his winter years, but the 75 year-old-author has been very productive lately, with the publication of his third novel in three years and a fourth due out next year (2009).
And after 29 novels, it is safe to say that there are certain themes and situations he enjoys writing about: being Jewish, growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s, mid-western universities, sex and, more recently, death.
His last two books - Everyman (2006) and Exit Ghost (2007) -- starred...more
Susan Wood
One thing for sure... .this is a very tight story, and consequently a fast read. "Smooth" might be a good word to describe it, owing in part to a myopic first person narrator. I found myself falling in and out of 'like' with Marcus, the protagonist. It is his indignation that we are exposed to ...

Marcus Messner is a good student, growing up in Newark where the family has kosher butcher shop. Marcus has a good relationship with his father and learns all there is to learn about the family business...more
Dusty Myers
Oct 23, 2008 Dusty Myers rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: J. Robert Lennon
"As a child, I had sometimes been taken by my father to the slaughterhouse on Astor Street in Newark's Ironbound section. And I had been taken to the chicken market at the far end of Bergen Street. At the chicken market I saw them killing the chickens. I saw them kill hundreds of chickens according to the kosher laws. First my father would pick out the chickens he wanted. They were in a cage, maybe five tiers high, and he would reach in to pull one out, hold on to its head so it didn't bite him,...more
Този роман ме накара да направя несъзнателен паралел с един незабравим български кино шедьовър от 80-те - филмът „Вчера”.

На някои може да му изглежда нелепа съпоставката между 50-те на САЩ и 60-те на XX век в България. И ако не знаех, че „Възмущение” е издадена през 2008, а „Вчера” създаден през 1988 по романа на Владо Даверов, щях да реша, че сценарият е написан за българската му действителност.

Удивително кратък и богат на внушения роман. Амбициозен и умен младеж, попаднал в колеж без протекции...more
La universidad como "un caldo de cultivo de la corrección ética, el patriotismo y el cristianismo" frente a las dudas, las inquietudes y la rebeldía de la adolescencia. "Sí, de no ser por esto y por aquello todos estaríamos juntos y vivos para siempre y todo sería perfecto".
En este caso concreto, hasta el capítulo intitulado "Agradecimientos" resulta interesante.
Deeply flawed, yet there is much that is impressive in it. The flaws as well as the strengths are all typically Rothian--achingly bad dialogue in parts, overdoing the wrong stuff and underdoing the wrong stuff, cleverness of construction and narration, bad or cliche lines or solecisms sprinkled throughout, an anti-moral moral [beyond stupid: "I'd been drawn into the vapidity of the Winesburg College mores but of the rectitude tyrannizing my life, the constricting rectitude that, I was all too re...more
Roth’s short novel (he seems to specialize in them these days) captures the fear inherent in American youth at the time of the Korean War. Back in 1951-52 the key to escaping death on the front lines was to obtain a university degree and land a job in Intelligence.

Marcus, our protagonist, is a sophomore at a small conservative university in Ohio, far away from his home in Newark, and far away from his father, a kosher butcher, who obsesses over Marcus’ safety to the point of paranoia. Marcus is...more
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Marcus Messner, at age nineteen, had done no wrong. Raised in the Jewish working class neighborhood of Newark, NJ, he studies and works long hours doing the unpleasant tasks that have to be done in his father's butcher shop, working beside a father he loves and admires a great deal. But, as the Korean War escalates, his father's overprotectiveness and fear that Marcus would be drafted and fed into that meat grinder that was claiming so many young men’s lives, drives a wedge firmly between the tw...more
"È a questo che serve l’eternità, a sguazzare nel pantano delle minuzie di una vita?"

Il mio primo romanzo di Roth: lo confesso, la prima impressione è ottima!

Indignazione è stato davvero una sorpresa, l'ho letto tutto d'un fiato (e va bene che è brevissimo), preso da una sete incredibile di lettura. E' un romanzo breve, ma davvero può pesare come un mattone (e infatti c'è chi si è bloccato dopo nemmeno venti pagine!), perché Roth ci mette dentro davvero tutto.

E' un romanzo che si presta a più li...more
Nov 29, 2008 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: saw it at the library
I just saw this on the new book shelf at the library and picked it up. I had enjoyed reading The Plot Against America and thought I would give this a try. It is a quick read--I'm not a speedy reader, but had it finished in one evening.
We begin to know Marcus Messner through his first person narration while he is still living at home and preparing to be the first in his family to attend college. Through his own eyes he seems to us a fairly normal young man.
When circumstances in his life begin to...more
Indignation is propelled by Roth's characteristic clarity and control, with odd touches of humor, but might better be called Anxiety. He juxtaposes generational and cultural clashes, limned with a strong portrait of midwestern, anti-communist morality, in such a way as to portray--it seems to me--individuals melting under the weight of fear of the Korean War in the wake of World War II, rather than individuals well-grounded in what he terms "indignation." There is too much confusion and uncertai...more
Ejaculatory professions of love, panty raids, suicidal hussies...none of these things are what I expected when I picked up this book. I liked the cover. "INDIGNATION" big and bold across the cover. It was also short, so I wouldn't be tortured for too long if it sucked.

But surprisingly, it didn't suck. I heard from others that this wasn't Roth's best work. I, fortunately, was a blank slate. I never even heard of the guy. While the war bits bored me (chastise me if you will, I hate history lesson...more
Ian Mapp
One day all books will be written like this. Packed into just over 200 pages, there is not a waseted breath in this book.

The story is about circumstance, missed opportunities and the impacts of decisions. And I love it.

Marcus is an only child in the 1950s. He is going off to college and breaking free from his working class parents who are increasingly living vicariously through him and worrying about him.

Marcus heads off and has a bit of trouble fitting in with his colleagues. He is a jewish min...more
Indignation is Atonement's lazy little brother. Atonement likes to go shopping, try new foods, read new books and even go antiquing...but Indignation is okay picking cans out of the recycling bin and staring at them over and over again.

As a slight, short, mildly entertaining read, Indignation is a perfectly fine way to kill a day. For that, I liked it...but, coming off the heels of Nemesis, I wonder if the "you could do worse with the short amount of time" is really a legitimate excuse for likab...more
Was niet erg geboeid door dit boek waarin het gaat over de lotgevallen van Marcus Messner in de jaren vijftig , kort na het uitbreken van de Koreaanse oorlog. Het bestaat eigenlijk uit 2 delen. In het eerste deel vertelt Marcus zelf , in de ik-persoon, ‘vanuit de morfine’ over zijn jeugd en over zijn belevenissen op eerst het Robert Treat College, een kleine universiteit in Newark, waar hij ook woont met zijn ouders. Hij heeft het best naar zijn zin maar wil weg omdat hij gek wordt van zijn vade...more
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Philip Milton Roth is an American novelist. He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus (winner of 1960's National Book Award), cemented it with his 1969 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 1979, and inc...more
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