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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 here and not at a local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hardworking neighb ...more
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Published August 6th 2009 by Vintage (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
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
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

أعدت الكرّة مع الروائي الامريكي فيليب روث من خلال هذه الرواية القصيرة( سخط) و كانت تجربة رائعة و لا تنسى ك سابقتها ( الوصمة البشرية ).

الرواية تتناول المعضلة الحقيقية في حياة الشاب الجامعي ماركوس ميسنير، ماركوس ابن جزار يهودي بطباعه التقليدية المثيرة للشفقة و مجتمعه الذي لا تبذل جهد لتبرير سلوكيات افراده، فهم يتبعون سجيتهم مهما كانت فظّة أو عدائية و طرقهم في الحياة لا تتغير وأي تغيير في الروتين يجعل التوقعات نوبة ذعر بالنسبة لهم، هذا هو حال والد ماركوس الذي ينتابه الذعر من موت يوشك أن يخطف منه فل
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
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
رغد عبد الزهرة
في الواقع النهاية كانت صادمة للغاية
في البدء لم تكن سوى رواية بسيطة و سلسلة عن يوميات شاب في ظروف الحرب و الرعب الذي يصيب والده خوفاً عليه
و افكار الشباب العادية، الكبت الجنسي و الرغبة في التحرر من قيد العائلة و الدين الخ .
لكن النهاية كانت صادمة، يبدو ان الوالد كان محقا يعرف انه في ظروف الحرب على الاخص يمكن لأي شيء تافه و سخيف ان يكلف إنساناً حياته !
شعرت باني تلقيت ضربة شديدة و مباغتة على معدتي عند النهاية !
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Със сигурност най-добрият роман, който прочетох през тази година!
Рот разсъблича цяло едно общество и не се притеснява да насочи погледите към онова, което се крие под дрехите - религиозни и семейни предразсъдъци; неясни ценности, що се отнася до любов и интимност; знакови последици от привидно случайно и спонтанно взети решения.
Малко на брой страници, които прехвърлях бавно, защото исках да взема на порции човешкото желание да разбере и подреди живота според своите очаквания и пълната невъзможно
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
Fatema Alammar
يكتب فيليب روث بأسلوب ممتاز، ليس بالأسلوب الحاد، لكنه قادر على الوصول إلى مناطق خفيّة ببراعةِ جرّاحٍ متمرِّس.

سخط: كتابة عن المشاعر، وكيف يمكن لها أن تستبّد بالإنسان. والدة مارك كانت تقول له (قد تكون المشاعر أكبر مشكلة في الحياة. يُمكن أن تلعب المشاعر أكثر الخدع فظاعة).

سخط: قصة مارك الغاضب من أبيه. الأب الذي هو غاضبٌ بدوره. مارك المهووس، المتفوّق، الذي يشعر بالمؤامرات الصغيرة والسرية التي تُحاك ضده -مع ذلك هو قادر على ملاحقة خيوطها بقوة خياله وقدرته على الربط الغريب. مارك الساخط، حادّ الذكاء، وال
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
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
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
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
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
به گمانم دوونیم ستاره بسش است! اما مع‌الاسف امکانش نیست، اونی نبود که من انتظار داشته باشم، چندان خوشم نیومد، امیدوار "شوهر کمونیست من" بهتر باشه و با اشاراتی صریح‌تر به دوران مک‌کارتیسم، بنا به دلایلی داستان‌های یهودیان را دوست دارم، ولی این...، هنوز هم "فریب‌خوردگان بزرگ" برنارد مالامود را ترجیح می‌دم البته عنوان کتاب اصلی "دِ فیکسر" هست و این نبوغ ایرانی هست که "تعمیرکار" رو به "فریب‌خوردگان بزرگ" ترجمه کرده!، بگذریم
بخش عمده‌ای از روایت، عادی است، تقابل پدر و پسر، تقابل جامعه و جوان و جنگی که
Impossibile parlare di questo libro senza svelare il finale, per cui non posso che limitarmi a dire: sorprendente. Sconcertante.
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
‎"Potete essere stupidi quanto volete, potete anche dar mostra di voler appassionatamente essere stupidi, ma alla fine la storia metterà le mani su di voi. Perché la storia non è il fondale: la storia è il palcoscenico! E voi siete sul palcoscenico! Oh, quanto è nauseante la vostra spaventosa ignoranza circa il vostro tempo! E la cosa più nauseante è che se siete qui a Winesburg è proprio per liberarvi da tale ignoranza. A che razza di tempi credete di appartenere? Siete in grado di rispondere? ...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
تنبيه: ما سيأتي يكشف تفاصيل الرواية


ماركوس ميسنير الابن الوحيد لعائلة يهودية، يترك الجامعة التي التحق بها ليتخلص من والده الجزار الذي صار لا يطاق منذ بدأت الحرب الكورية، حيث صار يخاف عليه، ويطارده بالأسئلة، ينتقل إلى جامعة واينزبيرغ التي تبعد 500 ميل، هناك ينفرد بنفسه ويركز على دراسته، ويبتعد عن الأخويات الطلابية، يتعرف على فتاة اسمها (أوليفيا هوتون)، وعندما يخرج معها ذات ليلة، تحدث انعطافة غير متوقعة في السرد، حيث نكتشف أن صاحبنا ميت، وأنه مات في سن مبكرة، وأن لذلك علاقة بأحداث بدأت تلك الل
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
I dove into Indignation without reading any spoilers or even glancing at the novel's blurb. There was no need to. The novel IS written by my favorite author, after all, so of course I knew that it would be amazing. However, I was unprepared for the total mind-f**k that would ensue. Not since reading The Magus, by John Fowles, have I had an author so thoroughly screw with my mind. Philip Roth is the greatest living writer in America, as far as I'm concerned... and although I doubt that any of his ...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
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.
Mr. Kovach
Wow. An intense little coming-of-age novel. In the same way that the lesser known "Sapphira and the Slavegirl" by Willa Cather still strikes me as a better, more nuanced, more thoughtful, more richly layered, more realistic version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (the latter nevertheless a frightfully effective caricature*), Roth's forever to be lesser known "Indignation" struck me immediately as better in all the same ways than forever classic (why?? -ed. note) "The Catcher in the Rye." Protagonist Marc ...more
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
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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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“You be greater than your feelings. I don't demand this of you - life does. Otherwise you'll be washed away by feelings. You'll be washed out to sea and never seen again.” 15 likes
“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.” 2 likes
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