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Portnoy's Complaint (Vintage Blue) Kindle Edition
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My only criticism lies in the sometimes long-winded descriptions of various stages of his adolescence and life - while although these are often funny,; they give the book a sluggish quality it otherwise would not possess.
On the whole, however, a good read and very, very funny.
I read this book about 6 months ago and could not put it down. It's hysterically funny, it will make you cringe, and yes, even in 2007, it will shock you.
I've never written a review on Amazon before, but when I saw that someone had only given this book one star I had to give me opinion!! I'm not the world's biggest Phillip Roth fan by any stretch, but I read Portnoy's Complaint after I came accross it in a second hand book shop. It's clearly completely self-indulgent on Roth's part, but why not? In this case self-indulgence makes it all the more engaging and enjoyable to read. You will want to slap Portnoy accross the face, but you'll also want to see just exactly what idiotic and disgraceful things he'll do next.
Read this, you won't regret it!
Here, Roth is particularly evocative in his drawing of his 'hero's' parents, whether it be in their suspicions around Alex's 'lingering in the bathroom antics' or in their frustration as a result of his increasingly radical ('communist') political leanings. Of course, such themes were to become the staple of much of Roth's later writings. It is, however, the misogynistic, incestuous and oedipal tendencies of one Alexander Portnoy that this work will undoubtedly be primarily remembered for, a characterisation that Roth would develop still further - to a still more extreme, but arguably more profound, level - in his sixty-something anti-hero, Mickey Sabbath, in his 1995 work, Sabbath's Theatre.
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Brilliant read a must if you are a) a bloke and b) even slightly Jewish!
I wouldn't be complaining if I was Portnoy!
Portnoy's Complaint is a classic of its time. A book that merits a read because it is a description of the tine and an emerging sexualityPublished 1 month ago by ABB
This is my fourth Philip Roth and I am totally hooked. Alex Portnoy is a typical product of Jewish parents, especially his mother, who is overbearing and on the other hand some... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well it's kind of brilliant, but it just goes on so much, too much in the end, which kind of spoils it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ness
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