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Indignation by Philip Roth
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Aug 05, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

In Indignation, the character starts out in what could be a Bernard Malamud short story, a son of an over-protective Jewish butcher going to a local college. To escape, he pulls a stunt that is not available to Bernard Malamud's characters and blasts off for middle America and gets embroiled in the "Indigenous American Berserk" at a small Midwestern liberal arts college in the 1950s. Like in every Roth book, someone blasts man gravy all over an inanimate object, so readers have that to look forward to. Our protagonist manages to explode every relationship or chance at relationship that he is offered and one is left to contemplate his stubbornness. Should he have stayed in New York among his people? Should he have given in to his adopted culture a little bit? Is he a hero for his refusal to submit to the pull of that adopted culture? Is he as crazy as his father? Read it and decide.

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