Philip Roth’s third novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, takes the form of an outrageous, comic rant by Alexander Portnoy to his psychoanalyst, whose help Portnoy seeks because he feels that his life has come to be a “Jewish joke.” Portnoy’s impassioned, self-absorbed monologues explore his childhood and his erotic relationships. Late... Why isn't Alex sexually attracted to Jewish women in Portnoy's Complaint? His furious attempts at “self-loving” can be seen as symbolic expressions of self-loathing, intricately related to his position as a Jew in America. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. His acknowledgement that his self-hatred makes him unable to love causes him to flail against his guilt with further transgressions, ending in more guilt, trapping him in a vicious circle. This book is a worthless, extended diatribe of a self-loathing egotist, and could only appeal to readers with the dumbest AND blackest senses of humor.
( Log Out / Portnoy's Complaint is 1969; Nemesis, which I thought was brilliant, came out in 2010, when he was 77 years old.
." Moreover, he does not have a healthy attitude about sex. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. So he starts, naturally, at the beginning - his childhood. For those who don't know, after an early start as a traditional, academic-style Late Modernist writer who was getting published in The New Yorker in the early '60s, this hilarious look at the sexual dysfunctions inherent in the New York Jewish lifestyle, and its inherent clashes against the prevailing "let it all hang out" countercultural mood, was exactly what mainstream America needed at the exact moment they needed it, just like Woody Allen was providing in cinemas at the same time; and so not only was it a hit with the usual intellectual crowd, but it broke through to become a massive general hit, an eventual Hollywood film, and even a tittering codeword among the culture at large, right at the same time that his fellow young New Yorker author John Updike was doing the same thing with his saucy novel Couples (the very first mainstream book to discuss the topic of suburban wife-swapping, after obscenity laws in the US getting relaxed just a few years earlier). The first is that Alexander Portnoy seemed a whole lot less likable the second time round that he did the first, though this might have been because when a teenager myself I focused on his accounts of his teenage troubles. Maybe that's why the best moments in the movie come when Lehman simply has his hero repeat Roth's dialog from the book, verbatim. In the end… In these times of hard-core pornography and sexual overkill, he is inviting the repressed and frustrated to do unto others as they do unto themselves. This was no doubt to protect those under 18 from exposure to a subject about which, of course, they have no knowledge. The casting of Richard Benjamin as Portnoy is not inspired, but I suppose it was inevitable. I rubbed my eyes with disbelief.
People who like wit and humor in a novel. People interested in the oddities of growing up as a Jewish boy who discovers he has a penis. We’re having technical issues, but we’ll be back in a flash. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. References to this work on external resources. . from this hopeless, senseless loyalty to the long ago!” Portnoy, Roth’s Jewish American Everyman, cannot escape his past. Published in 1969, Portnoy's Complaint is probably the breakthrough novel that made its author, Philip Roth, famous. ( Log Out /
It's half comedy routine and half exorcism, and it's a joy to read. Now, who should read this book? And it's easy to see why so many older Jews got so upset by this book too; because not only does it lay out a lot of the quiet little dysfunctional moments of the Jewish community to a large Christian audience, a direct predecessor to Seinfeld that I've discussed in more depth in my Zuckerman write-ups, but indeed a lot of its humor derives explicitly from all the neurotic hangups that were created among Roth's generation by all their uptight, obsessed-with-appearances, Holocaust-surviving parents, making it not just a funny sex comedy but an astute look at the first generation of Jews to grow up after World War Two, and the clashes that occurred when they first came of age in the countercultural '60s, which I'm sure made it even more of a must-read among the young hipsters of the time. It shocked some readers, delighted others. So if you find a current lower price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we'll match it. I dunno; I keep visualizing Shelly Winters as Mrs. Portnoy. The whole basis of his comic invention lay in Roth's absolute frankness and lack of inhibition.
I hated it because the "she" of the title was a despicable character in my opinion.
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Auf der Couch eines Psychiaters lässt er sein sozial und sexuell verwirrtes Leben Revue passieren. XXIV, p. At… Sounds intriguing?
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