Alan Rosner | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Indignation

It appears that none of the reviewers, even the professional reviewers, have read the book which like most of Roth's work, is excellent - he is among the best writers our country has produced. The movie does well to portray most of what is important in the book - the intense institutional repression of sexuality in the 1950s, the repression of free thought -anyone truly taking advantage of their right to free speech and thought was to be crushed - the anti-semitism of the 1950s even after what occurred in Europe in the 1940s. This is not a book about male concerns and codes as one reviewer asserted. It is about human concerns, about parenting, about making your way in a society that represses sexuality and freedom of speech and thought. I cannot say it's about moral culpability for the demise of two very intelligent, sensitive young people. The only obvious morally culpable actor in this drama is the Dean and the university institutions that demand conformity and practice anti-semitism. The other decisions actions and words of Marcus, his parents, Olivia, perhaps even her parents, are far from perfect but within normal, human parameters. All of these issues are very skillfully explored in the movie but I prefer the book.

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Posted by Alan Rosner on 08/20/2016 at 2:28 PM

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