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Indignation

Narrated by: Ray Chase
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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 on 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 29th 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.

©2008 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Wras
  • 22-05-2017

Other people’s weakness can destroy you

just as much as their strength can. Weak people are not harmless. Their weakness can be their strength."
Philip Roth, Indignation

An amazing little book, full of indignant rage at life's inequities, at the power of small events unravelling entire lives, Especially for the young and their certainty that they have got it.

A masterpiece of how to bring characters to life, with a complex multilayered plot that hides a parable for modern times, where morals and beliefs change faster than ever stripping all value of things we held as certainty or immutable.

A book that leaves you pondering at all the little injustices, that can set a cascade of events in motion that will change it all.

“what his uneducated father had been trying so hard to teach him all along: of the terrible, the incomprehensible way one’s most banal, incidental, even comical choices achieve the most disproportionate result.”
― Philip Roth, Indignation

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  • 13-05-2018

Very good story

The character era are believable and the story itself is a tragicomedy interesting and reminiscent of Chekhov in that it is sometimes the every day things in life that break us as human beings. Roth is a tremendous writer. So had to explain why so I won’t bother. Please listen to this...thanks. Vicki