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Indignation by Philip Roth
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Sep 23, 2008

it was amazing

This slim volume is easily read in an afternoon and it packs a wallop. As in Everyman and Exit Ghost, Roth confronts mortality, this time using a heartrending example, the death of a teen. The story of Marcus Messner's last year is meant ot be another example of how the smallest of events can change the course of a life. This is certainly not a new thought, but in Roth's hands, it is masterfully treated. The characterizations of Marcus, his mother, Dean Caudill and many others are the work of a great storyteller. The journey was enough for me. I couldn't put it down, even though at the end, I was not sure that I had really learned anything new. It was just the joy of reading Roth!!

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