Portnoy's Complaint

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Vintage International, 1969 - Fiction - 289 pages
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Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The Puzzled Penis," Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.

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Very whiny, but kind of funny and very easy to read. - Goodreads
Little plot, and less character development. - Goodreads
This is a relentless barrage of neurotic banter. - Goodreads
Roth is such a great writer. - Goodreads
A brutal, universal portrayal of family life. - Goodreads
a lovely insight into the world of a jewish male. - Goodreads

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Hilarious and somewhat sad at the same time time. A masterpiece of Jewish writing. It's so amazing that this book from almost 50 years ago comes out so fresh and alive in 2014. Very, very good. Read full review

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This book is so funny. Really...there are few books that are this hilarious. Philip Roth at his best. Just thinking about this novel makes me want to read it again. PS--it's all about sex and--well--other things. Read full review

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In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians' Prize for "the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004." Recently Roth received PEN's two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize.

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