Book :: Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint
By: Philip Roth
Pages: 274
Published: 1969
Genre(s): American
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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...

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I came late to reading Roth, enjoyable but not my favorite

Apr 5th, 2018

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Apr 1st, 2013

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I read this as a teenager and I still remember some of the comical stories and have mentioned them in conversations over the years and no one had heard of the book. Today's' youth should read this book, then they may realize older people had a sense of humor too. To this day I will not order salad dressing in a restaurant.

Mar 28th, 2013

Portnoy's Complaint appears on these lists...

52nd on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

79th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek