Indignation Since The Plot Against America in 2004, Philip Roth, 75, has scaled back with three short novels in a row: Everyman , Exit Ghost ,… Indignation Since The Plot Against America in 2004, Philip Roth, 75, has scaled back with three short novels in a row: Everyman , Exit Ghost ,… 2008-09-16 Fiction Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

Indignation (2008)

Indignation | RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION Philip Roth's new novel follows freshman Marcus Messner
RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION Philip Roth's new novel follows freshman Marcus Messner
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2008; Writer: Philip Roth; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Since The Plot Against America in 2004, Philip Roth, 75, has scaled back with three short novels in a row: Everyman, Exit Ghost, and now Indignation, the most blistering and successful of the three minor (only for Roth) books. His 1951-set tale follows Marcus Messner, a freshman who, suffocated by his overbearing father, leaves college in New Jersey and transfers, somewhat disastrously, to Winesburg College in Ohio, where he fears he's just a transgression or two away from ending up a doomed rifleman in Korea. Roth's bugaboos are his old favorites (e.g., sex, rectitude, conformity), and perhaps we've been around these bends with him before, but he is a master. And the short form serves the story: The shocking rush from this book comes from watching Roth expertly and quickly build up to a half-dozen final pages that absolutely deliver the kill. A-

Originally posted Sep 12, 2008 Published in issue #1012 Sep 19, 2008 Order article reprints
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