Pulitzer Prize winner Roth returns to the territory of his first novel, Goodbye Columbus, in his 29th book, set in 1951 at a conservative Ohio college campus against the ever-present shadow of the early Korean War. Three-time Audie Award winner Dick Hill's accents and emotions are amazing in their realism; he takes listeners on a roller coaster ride of the incredible sadness and indignation of the short life of New Jersey-born protagonist Marcus Messner. A worthwhile listen, but the graphic descriptions of sex and sexual acts and preponderance of swearing don't recommend this to the sensitive listener. [Scott Rudin has acquired the film rights; the Houghton Harcourt hc received a starred review, LJ 9/1/08.-Ed.]-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Roth's 29th book tells the tale of young Marcus Messner, a boy forced to attend a pastoral, conservative college because of his father's apprehensions about life in 1951 New Jersey. Narrator Dick Hill delivers a sturdy performance that manages to bring Messner to life, but never really captures the listeners attention as he normally does. As talented as Hill is, there's something lacking in his characterization. He reads with a droning, slightly whiny voice that sometimes grates. Hill always seems on the verge of losing himself into the tale only to yank himself back from the edge at the last moment. He has a knack for bringing characters to life, but here he sounds tired. A Houghton Mifflin hardcover (Reviews, May 12). (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"In a plot that evokes the author's earlier work, Roth (Exit Ghost, 2007, etc.) focuses on a young man's collegiate coming of age against the deadly backdrop of the Korean War. The book has a taut, elegant symmetry....A twist in narrative perspective reinforces this novel's timelessness." Kirkus Reviews, Starred "As provocative as his astonishing The Plot Against America...[A] fast-paced, compassionate, humorous, historically-conscious novel..." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review "We can see again his shocking ability to bring history to bear on the present. As always, the rpose is well built -- sinewy and graceful -- and, as always, the wit is as sharp as a German knife. There are simply no novels by Roth in which you cannot detect the hand of a master. -- Vince Passaro O, The Oprah Magazine ..".there's a lovely perplexedness to the writing here...It's a terrific book..." Gentleman's Quarterly "Of how many writers can it be said that they're still producing some of their best work well into their 70s? With [Indignation], his 24th novel, Philip Roth proves beyond any dispute that he deserves to be counted in that select group." Bookpage A meditation on love, death, and madness, Roth's new novel combines the comic absurdity of his early novel like Portnoy's Complaint with the pathos of his later novels like Everyman and Exit Ghost.Library Journal Starred "Roth has been burning up the track for well over a decade now ... And in INDIGNATION his power and intensity seem undiminished...Roth's secret, I think, is his supreme confidence as a storyteller -- and, paradoxically, a supreme humility...Of all Roth's recent novels, it ventures farthest into the unknowable. In his unshowy way, with all his quotidian specificity and merciless skepticism, Roth is attempting to storm heaven -- an endeavor all the more desperately daring because he seems dead certain it's not there." -- David Gates, on the cover of The New York Times Book Review ...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- Entertainment Weekly ...as sharply honed as one of thos butcher-shop knives that haunt Marcus's dreams. If this is a hard book to love, it's a lot harder to forget. --Malcolm Jones Newsweek ... the interplay between a life just begun and ended, impulse and reflection, college high jinks and eternity is what makes it resonate. 4 Stars People Magazine Once again [Philip Roth] demonstrates why he is the winner of so many prizes and why he continues to be hailed as one of America's greatest novelists...[Indignation] adds further evidence of his superb talent as a foremost literary craftsman. --The Jewish Advocate Mr. Roth is a master magician who can make the same old rabbits do new tricks.New York Sun A magnificent display of writerly talent: a lean, powerful novel with bold characters who command attention, scenes of impressive dramatic itnerest and comic vitality, language that blasts the reader's cozy complacency (it's not called Indignation for motnhing), and a theme that swells imperceptibly from a murmer to a satisfying roar...Read Indignation -- read it with a ear for the naked power of Philip Roth at full tilt. -- Adam Begley, The New York Observer Indignation is impossible to put down until it's finished. Then, it's impossible to shake off the aftermath of this mesmerizing story. Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer Copies of Indignation, Philip Roth's ferocious little tale, ought to be handed out on college camuses along with condoms and tetanus shots...Here's a novel to be witnessed as an explosion from an author still angry enough to burn with adolesdent rage and wise enough to understand how self-destructive that rage can be. --Ron Charles, Book World The Washington Post