Portnoy’s Complaint is a American novel by Philip Roth. Its success turned Roth into a major celebrity, sparking a storm of controversy over its explicit and. Portnoy’s Complaint (Vintage International) e mais milhares de eBooks estão disponíveis na Loja Kindle. Philip Roth’s masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named O complexo de Portnoy. This Page is automatically generated based on what Facebook users are interested in, and not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with the topic.
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Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. The famous confession of Alexander Portnoy, who is thrust through life by his unappeasable sexuality, yet held back at the same time by the iron grip of his unforgettable childhood. Portnoy’s Complaint n The famous confession of Alexander Portnoy, who is thrust through life by his unappeasable sexuality, yet held back at the same time by the iron grip of his unforgettable childhood. Paperbackpages. Published May 18th by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Updated May 22, Author of some of the defining works of the late 20th century and even some of the early 21st. What a magnificent second act you had The young Roth sure was funny. We’re talking laugh out loud, text-your-best-friends-favourite-lines, nearly pee your pants funny.
The guy was also rude and crude and…. Incidentally, Roth was born the same year and in the same city Newark, NJ as his protagonist. But they’re not the same guy, got it? Fictional guilt-inducing Jewish mothers seem a lot like guilt-inducing Asian mothers.
Back then, it must have been a really big deal to be philop your 30s and unmarried. Woody Allen, who was doing stand-up at the time, must have been influenced by this book, not just in the artist-talking-to-therapist scenes but in the Jew-goes-to-WASP-girlfriend’s-home-for-Thanksgiving scene in Annie Hall. The infamous liver scene makes the pastry-shtupping in American Pie surely an homage seem tame. How funny is it that the book was published in ? In it was way more acceptable to be misogynistic and homophobic in print.
Not so funny today. And his portrait of middle-aged Jewish husband-dom is as sensitive and moving as his depiction of that era’s discreet anti-Semitism is disturbing. Not everything works a trip to Israel, for instancebut damn this is still a fine book.
It was adapted into a movie starring Richard Benjamin who also starred in his Goodbye, Columbusand I recall seeing scenes from it late at night on TV, but it looked overdone and checking the pjilip it got really mixed reviews. I want to read more Philip Roth. View all 53 comments. Aug 28, Malbadeen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sarah’s other pervey friends.
It’s recently been brought to my attention that my book reviews frequently are not actually about the book. And I’m wondering why would you want to know about the book when all you have to do is click on the little blurb about the book and then get plrtnoy with the fascinating reading about I aim to please so here is my sincere attempt to tell you something about this book.
It the book go It’s recently been brought to my attention that my book reviews frequently are not actually about the book.
It the book goes something like this: Christian, I am no stranger to guilt. As a matter of fact some times I feel that Catholics and Jewish people think they have the market cornered on guilt, well, you know what?
I got some pretty messed up voices going on in my head too, ya know. And maybe I can’t articulate my guilt trips into clever phrases or pinpoint experiences but I can tell you that guilt taught me a thing or two. If I don’t pick up that clutter someone else is going to have to. When I was younger this meant my mom, whom after setting aside her career as an artist to raise 5 kids and nearly had maybe did have at one point a nervous breakdown from the lack of money, the accumulation of clutter and my argumentative nature.
In my adult life this means the custodian, whom after leaving Vietnam as an educated person has to toil with 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to send his son and seemingly only hope at respectability in this career driven society of ours to college. Flour is not cheap and ingredients are not to be wasted! Offering yourself as anything less than a virgin to your someday husband is tantamount to giving someone a big bag of steaming compost with worms crawling through it for their birthday.
The only thing worse than pre-marital sex is being gay. Which you gotta hand it to them wa-ha-ha is that not the purest form of masturbation? Paper is meant to be used and re-used and re-used and re-used and re-used. Buying new paper is an intolerable opulence reserved for gluttonous pigs and ONLY gluttonous pigs. I found it to be hilarious in it’s familiarity.
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Matter of fact I found most of the book to be hilarious, which I hadn’t anticipated. Some passages that I found particularly amusing are as follows: Who looks into the fine points when he’s hungry? I’m eight years old and chocolate pudding happens to get me hot. I hear myself indulging in the kind of ritualized bellyaching that is just what gives psychoanalytic patients such a bad name with the general public” -a child hood sexual fantasy, “Her favorite line of prose is a masterpiece, ‘Fuck my pussy, Fuckface, till I faint.
But humor aside, I also appreciated some other aspects of the story. I loved the line, “What I’m saying, Doctor, is that I don’t seem to stick my dick up these girls, as much as I stick it up their backgrounds-as though through fucking I will discover America”.
I remember standing alone in NYC coming from a small town in Oregon at age 17 and seeing the enormous variety of people and thinking how great it would be to be with the deaf man, the black man, the man in a wheel chair, the businessman, etc,etc,etc. In the end I didn’t broaden my horizons that way, I ended up dating one guy. One very nice Jewish boy. But still, I like the idea. And finally I’d like to say that I think I damn near cried at one point near the end and yes, I did also nearly cry this week when I saw a mud flap of that silhouetted naked lady because I so hate the “ideal” that society feels so comfortable imposing on us less than “perfect” females, and I was a little chocked up when my son said, “I like having you for a mom”, and all of this near teary-ness might indicate a certain hormonal fluctuation orrrrrrrrr it might indicate that I’m a sensitive genius?
Regardless, I felt sorry for the pathetic schlep at one point. View all 49 comments. The case of an American Jew torn between the perfection imposed by parents and personal freedom, touches the universal! Alexander at least for me is not the prototype of the living Jew in the United States, suffocated by a severely exemplary education, where the parents choose the route to follow for their son, the latter who finds this life bland and demanding, who throws herself into the most insatiable sexuality from his childhoodhe is a universal being who exists everywhere in the worl The case of an American Jew torn between the perfection imposed by parents and personal freedom, touches the universal!
Alexander at least for me is not the prototype of the living Jew in the United States, suffocated by a severely exemplary education, where the parents choose the route to follow for their son, the latter who finds this life bland and demanding, who throws herself into the most insatiable sexuality from his childhoodhe is a universal being who exists everywhere in the world: And so Alexander’s monologue in front of his psychiatrist the reader rather continues with a lot of humor and g roth esque.
Childhood stories a “big masturbator” and sex stories with the Monkey in particular. Alexander hesitates to choose between life according to the expectations of his family or the free life that escapes him in the impossibility of making a choice! So he has no life, he has an image, a very pale copy of a life. In addition he develops a very pessimistic vision of marriage, a tragicomic vision!
Alexander touches us, captivates us with his vision of things, he does not deny his belonging or hates his parents, but he opposes certain uses or beliefs. View all 12 comments. Feb 19, G. Reader rated it did not like it. Portnoy’s Complaint was my first husband’s favorite book, and he used to quote from it all the time. When we got divorced it wasn’t amicablemy lawyer asked how I’d feel about using that fact in court. I was strongly tempted but told him after careful consideration that it was below the belt.
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As it turned out, my instincts were sound. The judge knew Philip Roth personally, and it would have been a disaster. I only discovered this several years later and was amazed at what a close call I’d had. View all 6 comments. Earlier today I grossly contradicted myself by stating that I’d enjoyed all the books I’d read which were written by Philip Roth.
Then I realised I’d forgotten about Portnoy’s Complaint. There is a school of thought which says to write well you have to write about what you know. On that basis I know I definitely did not like this book, although that unfortunately does not guarantee that I will excel at writing about it.
With that in mind Philip Roth is official Philkp of writing about what you know Earlier today I grossly contradicted myself by stating that I’d enjoyed all the books I’d read which were written by Philip Roth.
With that in cojplexo Philip Roth is official King of writing about what you know and his throne is probably made from giant piles of books in which he has written about being himself or a variant thereof.
This book deals with several favorite Roth topics: