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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,619 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1951, the second year of the Korean War, a studious, law-abiding, and intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, begins his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio’s Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at a local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hardworking neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad—mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy. Far from Newark, Marcus has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.

Indignation, Philip Roth’s twenty-ninth book, is a startling departure from the haunted narratives of old age and experience in Roth’s recent books and a powerful exploration of a remarkable moment in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Roth…demonstrates with subtle mastery the incomprehensible way ones most banal, incidental, even comical choices achieve the most disproportionate result.”

    New Yorker

  • “Mesmerizing…Philip Roth’s intrepid novel of self-revelation demands to be read in one sitting. It’s that good. It’s that audacious. It’s that compelling.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A late masterpiece…Indignation is Philip Roth’s best novel since The Counterlife.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Brilliant and disconcerting…The terrible sadness of Marcus’ life is rendered palpable by Roth’s fierce grasp on the psychology of this butcher’s boy, down to his bought-for-Winesburg wardrobe. It’s a melancholy triumph and a cogent reflection on society in a time of war.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Provocative…Fast-paced, compassionate, humorous, historically conscious.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The book has a taut, elegant symmetry…A twist in narrative perspective reinforces this novel’s timelessness.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A meditation on love, death, and madness…Roth’s new novel combines the comic absurdity of his early novels like Portnoy’s Complaint with the pathos of his later novels like Everyman and Exit Ghost.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction Selection
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth Shields-Szostak | 2/16/2014

    " 1st edition, signed by author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel Cunha | 2/16/2014

    " Although I wouldn't rank this among his great works, a Roth is always a Roth. Going back to one of his favored themes and periods - how to belong in fifties America, though not novel in any sense, it remains impressive that Roth can tackle this from so many different angles and voices. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joselynn | 2/6/2014

    " This was on the new york times 100 notable books but I wasn't all that impressed. The story line was a bit predictable. I was left with the feeling that Roth could write some great books...just maybe not in this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Henry | 2/4/2014

    " An angry-young-man novel of the highest order! "

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