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Portnoy's Complaint

Roth, Philip (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.

With a new Afterword by the author for the 25th Anniversary edition.

Baker & Taylor
A New York lawyer, dominated by a demanding Jewish mother, plays out a sexual revenge in fact and fantasy

Baker
& Taylor

New York lawyer Alexander Portnoy, a young man dominated by a demanding Jewish mother, plays out a sexual revenge in fact and fantasy, in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the popular novel. Reprint.

Authors: Roth, Philip
Statement of Responsibility: Philip Roth
Title: Portnoy's complaint
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1994
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "Vintage books."
Originally published in hardcover 1969
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction Jewish men Fiction Sex addicts Fiction Mothers and sons Fiction Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Young men
Jewish men
Sex addicts
Mothers and sons
Psychological fiction
ISBN: 9780679756453
0679756450
Branch Call Number: FIC R
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Jun 27, 2014
  • slarsen rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

After all the hype about this book I had expectations. I found I had to wade through a great deal of masturbating to find a story and I didn't find much of anything. How dare I give a bad review to a classic, well here it is.

Mar 07, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic! Recommend.

Mar 10, 2011
  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very much not my thing. A protagonist who spends the whole novel thinking about sex, and constantly practicing the "solo act," repulsed me. It's supposed to be funny. I didn't find it so.

Sep 02, 2010
  • zoen rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Extremely probacative and sexual. If your reading this then your probably wanting this book because you heard it's scandalous and it is! But it gets boring sometimes..,

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