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Indignation par [Roth, Philip]
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"Under Morphine"

About two and a half months after the well-trained divisions of North Korea, armed by the Soviets and Chinese Communists, crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea on June 25, 1950, and the agonies of the Korean War began, I entered Robert Treat, a small college in downtown Newark named for the city's seventeenth-century founder. I was the first member of our family to seek a higher education. None of my cousins had gone beyond high school, and neither my father nor his three brothers had finished elementary school. "I worked for money," my father told me, "since I was ten years old." He was a neighborhood butcher for whom I'd delivered orders on my bicycle all through high school, except during baseball season and on the afternoons when I had to attend interschool matches as a member of the debating team. Almost from the day that I left the store–where I'd been working sixty-hour weeks for him between the time of my high school graduation in January and the start of college in September–almost from the day that I began classes at Robert Treat, my father became frightened that I would die. Maybe his fear had something to do with the war, which the U.S. armed forces, under United Nations auspices, had immediately entered to bolster the efforts of the ill-trained and under-equipped South Korean army; maybe it had something to do with the heavy casualties our troops were sustaining against the Communist firepower and his fear that if the conflict dragged on as long as World War Two had, I would be drafted into the army to fight and die on the Korean battlefield as my cousins Abe and Dave had died during World War Two. Or maybe the fear had to do with his financial worries: the year before, the neighborhood's first supermarket had opened only a few blocks from our family's kosher butcher shop, and sales had begun steadily falling off, in part because of the supermarket's meat and poultry section's undercutting my father's prices and in part because of a general postwar decline in the number of families bothering to maintain kosher households and to buy kosher meat and chickens from a rabbinically certified shop whose owner was a member of the Federation of Kosher Butchers of New Jersey. Or maybe his fear for me began in fear for himself, for at the age of fifty, after enjoying a lifetime of robust good health, this sturdy little man began to develop the persistent racking cough that, troubling as it was to my mother, did not stop him from keeping a lit cigarette in the corner of his mouth all day long. Whatever the cause or mix of causes fueling the abrupt change in his previously benign paternal behavior, he manifested his fear by hounding me day and night about my whereabouts. Where were you? Why weren't you home? How do I know where you are when you go out? You are a boy with a magnificent future before you–how do I know you're not going to places where you can get yourself killed?

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Starred Review. Roth's brilliant and disconcerting new novel plumbs the depths of the early Cold War–era male libido, burdened as it is with sexual myths and a consciousness overloaded with vivid images of impending death, either by the bomb or in Korea. At least this is the way things appear to narrator Marcus Messner, the 19-year-old son of a Newark kosher butcher. Perhaps because Marcus's dad saw his two brothers' only sons die in WWII, he becomes an overprotective paranoid when Marcus turns 18, prompting Marcus to flee to Winesburg College in Ohio. Though the distance helps, Marcus, too, is haunted by the idea that flunking out of college means going to Korea. His first date in Winesburg is with doctor's daughter Olivia Hutton, who would appear to embody the beautiful normality Marcus seeks, but, instead, she destroys Marcus's sense of normal by surprising him after dinner with her carnal prowess. Slightly unhinged by this stroke of fortune, he at first shuns her, then pesters her with letters and finally has a brief but nonpenetrative affair with her. Olivia, he discovers, is psychologically fragile and bears scars from a suicide attempt—a mark Marcus's mother zeroes in on when she meets the girl for the first and last time. Between promising his mother to drop her and longing for her, Marcus goes through a common enough existential crisis, exacerbated by run-ins with the school administration over trivial matters that quickly become more serious.... The terrible sadness of Marcus's 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. (Sept.)
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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 258 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital (27 mai 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0031RS8EO
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Je fais partie des admirateurs de Philip Roth qui pensent qu'il n'est pas forcément au sommet tout le temps, à plus forte raison depuis quelques années. Ses "petites formes" ne me convainquent pas toujours. Les deux livres qui ont déjà été publiés dans les pays anglophones après Exit le fantôme, Indignation et The Humbling / Le Rabaissement, sont tous deux petits par la taille et ne cherchent pas à avoir la même ambition romanesque que La contrevie ou sa trilogie américaine. Des deux, j'avoue nettement préférer Indignation, dont l'édition française nous arrive enfin, dans une traduction de Marie-Claire Pasquier, la traductrice d'Exit le fantôme. Si vous pouvez lire en anglais, sachez que ce livre est assez abordable dans la langue originale.Lire la suite ›
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Late 19th and early 20th Jewish immigrants in the US worked long hours in physical jobs, hoping their children would do better thanks to education. This book is about the years 1950-1952 during the Korean War. From a young age Marcus Messner (MM) is a model son who helps his parents run a kosher butchery in Newark, NJ. He graduates with straight A’s from high school and helps his father in the shop until his departure to a nearby college. The signs were already there, but once MM has moved out his father is developing ever more irritating and intrusive bouts of anger at the world around him and anxiety about his only son's safety.
MM always has Korea on his mind: if he flunks he will be drafted and killed. Better to graduate with top marks and become an officer and improve his chance of survival. But his father’s frantic behavior prompts MM to move to a mediocre college in Ohio, where he does not always deal smartly with a series of new challenges and problems. Only two of the 15+ fraternities accept Jews, but he refuses to join the only Jewish one on campus, suspecting (rightly) his meddling father asked them to recruit him. When he joins later on, he will come to regret his decision…
Philip Roth became world famous with “Portnoy’s Complaint” (1969) and is today an institution among American literary writers. This short novel is often funny, often sad, always moving and a pleasure to read. Readers have to find out for themselves how MM will solve his different problems. Roth has written a domestic American history of an almost forgotten war. To recreate the atmosphere of the time, create a tense plot and a range of believable characters is a great achievement.
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L'histoire se déroule aux Etats Unis dans les années 50 . Lorsque Marcus Messner rentre à l’université de Robert Treat la guerre de Corée vient d’éclater . Issu d’un milieu ouvrier à Newark où son père tient une boucherie cachère, Messner apprend très tôt le métier et selon les clients acquérit des compétences ‘d ‘artiste’ . Cependant doué pour l’école aussi et devient le premier de sa famille à faire des etudes supérieures. Sa premiere année à l’Universite Robert Treat est la plus exaltante et la plus terrible de sa vie. Il adore son nouvel environnement, les professeurs , les autres étudiants et aime apprendre . En meme temps il est impatient d’évoluer et de devenir independent , justement ceque son père redoute craignant qu’il soit tué ou qu’il se dévergonde. Ses angoisses le poussent à épier et sermoner Marcus cequi étouffe ce dernier et l’incite à quitter Newark pour s’inscrire à Winesburg ,une école d’ingénieur d’inspiration Baptiste dans le Ohio .
A Winesburg Marcus se trouve brusquement dans un environment étranger. Les juifs sont peu nombreux dans son école , et la vie sociale tourne autour des “fraternities” des clubs exclusifs et sectaires où les étudiants font la fête et se défoncent le weekend mais sont obligés d’aller à la chapelle le dimanche. Cette mentalité l'indigne et il ne cache pas son indignation même à ses supérieurs. Pendant ce temps au loin la guerre en Corée gronde et s’intensifie menaçant des jeunes d’être appelés au front .
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