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5.0 out of 5 stars A novel you don't so much read as engage in battle with., 18 May 2000
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This review is from: Sabbath's Theater (Paperback)
This is the first Philip Roth novel I read, and I haven't been able to read any more since in case none of them are as good. Sabbath's Theater is a dangerous, exhilirating, outrage-inducing read. It demands concentration and engagement, and rewards with an intellectual and emotional honesty rarely found in modern fiction. Mickey Sabbath is by turns profoundly wise, utterly execrable, and uproariously, devilishly, humanly funny. I defy anyone not to feel a guilty elation of recognition at the whole scene of crying and duplicity in Mickey's friend's apartment. The first line of the novel is a masterpiece of an opening - the roaming, desperate energy of the entire book and a landscape view of the plot all crammed into less than ten words. The perfectly crafted shock of the last lines is like a piledriver in the chest. And everything that's in between is a revelation. Whether you're a man or a woman, DO NOT read this book unless you are prepared to be a) offended and outraged, and b) humbled and educated. Or, on the other hand, just read it anyway.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2009 20:45:09 BDT
Rinky Dink says:
This is one of his best but many others of the period as (nearly) as good. Try "Operation Shylock", "The Human Stain" and "The Counterlife". Avoid "Everyman" and "I Married a Communist".

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2013 17:05:03 GMT
Hugo Melo says:
I'd add Portnoy's Complaint to those suggested above.
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