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Mickey Sabbath, the hero in Sabbath's Theater, the winner of the 1995 National Book Award, makes a concerted effort to be bad. Like Alexander Portnoy, the famously self-abusing character in Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, Sabbath has an appetite for "acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus." But while Portnoy's antics were usually comical and liberating, Sabbath often feels imprisoned by his own acts of self-indulgence. Though his frantic pursuit of sex is a desperate attempt to abate his anxieties about death, it only serves to obliterate any semblance of real life he could have had. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Roth's erotic black comedy of an aging puppeteer won the National Book Award.
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Mickey Sabbath, one of Roth's best over-the-top narrators - need I say more?Published 1 day ago by scott stirton
Philip Roth's finest hour. An ingenious and engrossing black-comedy character-study masterpiece.Published 1 month ago by Sherif El Newehy
born in same city as Roth so the areas he speaks of in the book are very familiar and bring back many memories. His explicit sexual content is right on when he describes women. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara Z. Lyons
A pathetic roué in a pathetic, violent and morally bankrupt America. Mickey Sabbath is modern America, morally depleted, culturally dead, heading down the wrong path. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sotinsky
Outstanding ? Says what none dare.
Hypocrisy and political correctness eliminated in a way that makes the book as human but unsupportable as Sabbath himself. Read more
Whatever else you can say about Roth, I will give him this, he's about the only person I know who can take the act of urinating on someone's grave and turn it into an almost... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Battaglia
Mickey Sabbath, life long lecher, lothario ,voyeur and one time puppeteer of the Indecent Theatre Company, is in crisis. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An admirer of Saul
The characters are unbelievably sensuous and seem incapable of thinking of anything but sex. The story-telling ability of the author is tremendous but unnecessarily verbose; the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Irving D. Cohen