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Roth, Philip

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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 there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighbourhood 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.

As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father's fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the Midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.

Indignation, Philip Roth's twenty-ninth book, tells the story of the young man's education in life's terrifying chances and bizarre obstructions. It is a story of inexperience, foolishness, intellectual resistance, sexual discovery, courage and error. It is a story told with all the inventive energy and wit Roth has at his command, at once a startling departure from the haunted narratives of old age and experience in his recent books and a powerful addition to his investigations of the impact of American history on the life of the vulnerable individual.

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'Lovers of Roth will find much in Indignation to enjoy...he is streets ahead of what passes for competition'
-- Sunday Herald

'indignation ought to be required reading for presidential candidates.'
-- Evening Standard

...each book now so finely honed it will find its way to the heart like an arrow to a bull's-eye'
-- The Herald

[Roth] reasserts his fictional mastery ... a great novelist writing at the height of his powers' -- Sunday Times

`If I had...one word to sum up Indignation I'd go for classy. If were allowed two: very classy'
-- Sunday Telegraph

`Roth's novels abound in comic moments...so does Indignation...[Indignation] seethes with outrage...a deft, gripping, and deeply moving narrative' -- New York Review

`a gratifying novel in its won right ... Indignation is, unquestionably, seriously "good" Roth' -- The Times

`a superbly realised novel' -- The Spectator

`brief, compelling and rather curious novel - a late-period oddity that requires more than one reading'
-- Daily Telegraph

`written in elegant, economical prose' -- TLS

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Roth's best novel since The Counterlife... [none since are] as intricately wrought, passionate and fascinating as this... a late masterpiece.

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