- Publisher: Random house; 1st Printing edition (1967)
- ASIN: B000OMESMU
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Portnoy's Complaint Hardcover – 1967
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The main character of this story, Alexander Portnoy, is one of the most relatable characters I've read. At his core, he is a teenager in rebellion against his overbearing parents, trying to reconcile the societal pressure he feels to live up to their standards with a desire to have fun. Everyone has been Alexander Portnoy at one point in their lives. It's in the ridiculous ways that Alex tries to rebel that give this book it's edge.
Let it not be said that Phillip Roth is a shy writer. Portnoy's Complaint describes in exact detail the sexual escapades of our hero, both for the laughs and for the drama. While they aren't for everyone, I couldn't stop laughing and reading.
I recommend this book to anyone, especially college students going out into the world.
Alexander Portnoy is, at times, completely annoying, yet there is something in his complaint that evokes a degree of sympathy and, for some, empathy. Sure, he's got more than enough to make even Freud's head spin, but he isn't wholly detestable. Roth writes this character so convincingly that I imagine the Doctor's reactions as he is sitting there listening to Portnoy ramble on. The issues involved in growing up Jewish dominate the novel, but there are multiple fascinating themes co-occurring as Portnoy's story develops.
If you don't mind reading about penises and vaginas on every page and can tolerate an often abundant usage of Caps to emphasize Portnoy's mental duress, you should consider picking up this witty and thought-evoking read.
Colorful language author uses writing about relation between parents and kids in Jew family invokes my memory about my childhood.
Sorry to say it, but don’t waste your money like I did on Ron Silver’s cringe worthy audio version of this great book .
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