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Portnoy's Complaint
Portnoy's Complaint | Philip Roth
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 fur 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.
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1001BooksPodcast
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Panpan

This one got us riled up! Nothing like a long, complaining monologue that we found to be pretty misogynist to fuel our own rant. Give the episode a listen! #1001books #applepodcasts #googleplay #soundcloud

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CarolynM
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Ruthiella Oof! 😂 5mo
BarbaraBB Ha ha 5mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read this Roth novel but I‘m pretty sure I‘m down for the comparison 🙊 5mo
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LeahBergen I haven‘t read this yet but from what I know of it - I‘m assuming it‘s something dirty? 😂👏🏻 5mo
arlenefinnigan 😂 Brilliant. And, y'know, appropriate. The song is filthy. 5mo
gradcat I so love Philip Roth, but I cannot say I loved this particular book. I did “get it” though, if you know what I mean. ♥️ 5mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Pickpick

A repressed Jewish guy whacks his psychiatrist over the head with his Oedipal complex. It‘s funny, engaging, and charming, perhaps a little too dirty for some folks but that‘s how I like ‘em. Reading it is like eating apple pie & ice cream for dinner: you could make an argument that there‘s some nutritional value in doing it, but it‘s just indulgent fun for grown-ups. Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/portnoys-complaint-philip-roth/

Crazeedi Omg I totally forgot about this book, read it when it first came out. Wow, you just took me back!! 5mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @Crazeedi Hahahaha well glad to have sent you on a little trip down memory lane 😉 ❤ 5mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

The heart of this book is the gap between who Alexander Portnoy is and who he wants or feels he needs to be. His sexual desire, or perhaps his guilt over his sexual desire, stunts his personhood in profound ways.

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Kalalalatja
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My gift certificate #bookhaul 📚 now I just need to get those stickers off of the McEwan 🙄

erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read any of these. Enjoy! 7mo
Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm I think I saw @ephemeralwaltz post about the McEwan book, and the others I don‘t know much about, but I have wanted to read Butler for so long! 7mo
ephemeralwaltz Good luck with the stickers 😂 I posted about On Chesil Beach (not Amsterdam) but I have to say that his writing, while incredible, isn't my thing. I've taken a break from it this week. I'm dying to read Butler too! 7mo
ephemeralwaltz Cool photo, btw! 7mo
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Astroneman
Lamento di Portnoy | Philip Roth
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Mehso-so
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Jillybeane
Portnoy's Complaint | Philip Roth
Bailedbailed

I really tried, but the whole thing is a dude‘s boring monologue to his therapist. I couldn‘t take him whining about his mom and his dick anymore. As much sex is in this book, it isn‘t sexy.

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britt_brooke
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My hauls today from #McKays and #Goodwill. @Booksnchill Thanks for the tip on the bargain books at McKay‘s! I grabbed the #JonathanTropper and #MaryKarr books from that section for less than a dollar each. They‘ll be used for future swaps or giveaways. The #ThomasMcGuane is for the husband.

#bookhaul #usedbooks #shoplocal

Booksnchill Wow good haul!!! Need to get back to McKays!!!😂👍 2y
Billypar Oooh...so much good stuff here! I haven't read most but I'm a big fan of many of the authors. 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill Yeah .... I definitely didn‘t mean home with 15 books today, ha! I couldn‘t believe my luck at Goodwill, too. I love the thrill of the hunt. 😆 2y
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Booksnchill @britt_brooke i have never hunted at Goodwill- next on the list!! 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill Yes, you have to try it! I always get lucky there. I usually go about once a month. Today, I went to the one here and the one in Madison. 2y
britt_brooke @Billypar I got really lucky today! I‘ve only read - and loved - the Mary Karr books and the Tropper. Excited for the rest! 2y
Leftcoastzen I love Thomas McGuane! 2y
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen I‘ve never read any of his books, but my husband is a fan. I‘ll have to give him a try sometime. 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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R.I.P. 😢

Leftcoastzen Love that quote! 2y
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Carissa-Green-Reads
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Confession: I didn't find "Portnoy's Complaint" funny. And by the time I read it in the '90s it certainly wasn't shocking anymore. I need to work on reading the rest of his oeuvre. Perhaps desire will strike someday.

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Samplergal
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RIP.

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Sweettartlaura
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Up to Mt. Vancouver for #MountTBR!
36/100
On to the next one...

Cinfhen 👍🏻 2y
WanderingBookaneer I haven‘t been buying books so this is the one challenge I‘m doing great on this year. 2y
Sweettartlaura @WanderingBookaneer I applaud you - I‘m not SUPPOSED to be buying books, but just scroll through my feed ...😳 2y
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Wish I had your perseverance. 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Bailedbailed

I‘m done - I gave it a really good shot.
I picked this up for 3 reasons:
1. Caroline Kepnes
2. #192019challenge - 1967
3. I truly love some of Roth‘s other work.

But after a week and only 100 pages, I‘m calling it. I get it - he‘s Jewish, in therapy, & loves sex without real commitment. And he‘s obsessed with his mother. Maybe this was groundbreaking in 1967, but I‘m over it in 2018.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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Mehso-so

2-5-18: Finished on the plane home from Philadelphia. I read almost nothing while I was away because I was so busy but I did buy more books for the future 👍🏼 This book was weird. I enjoyed it but wouldn't know how to recommend it. The entire book is a one sided conversation. Alex Portnoy, is telling his therapist why he thinks he is still unmarried and running around, because of his Jewish mother and his Jewish background. Quirky and funny.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-30-18: Always waiting in doctor's offices for my mom's appointments means I have more time to read. This book is weird but funny. Roth has a bizarre sense of humor. 📖

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BarbaraBB
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“What was it with these Jewish parents, what, that they were able to make us little Jewish boys believe ourselves to be princes on the one hand, unique as unicorns on the one hand, geniuses and brilliant like nobody has ever been brilliant and beautiful before in the history of childhood - saviors and sheer perfection on the one hand, and such bumbling, incompetent, thoughtless, helpless, selfish, evil little shits, little ingrates, on the other!”

Cinfhen I've yet to read this one...I have a hard time with Roth😬 2y
Cinfhen He's so damn angry!! 😉 2y
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yeah, me too sometimes (fed up with angry white male writers in general). This one I really liked though. It is very funny in a way - or should I say ironical? Probably I should... 😅😂 2y
batsy I've never read Roth. I figured I should at least read one. Is this the one you would recommend? (love the blustering irony in this quote...) 2y
BarbaraBB @batsy I think it is a good one as a first Roth. Be aware however, that this quote is very representative for the whole book. It is one long ironic monologue. Other books I liked by him are 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB Cool, thanks! 2y
Billypar I feel like this one is lighter and more comic than any of the other ones I read- I liked it though. I haven't read either of those other picks but will check them out (did like The Human Stain film). @batsy My favorite is American Pastoral. Operation Shylock is good too if you're in a postmodern mood. Avoid Sabbath's Theater ☺ 2y
batsy @Billypar Thank you for the recs! I will be sure to look these up and steer clear of Sabbath's Theater 😀 2y
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shawnmooney
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TOKYO USED BOOKSTORE HAUL - BOOK 7 OF 15

I have never read Roth. I'd say there's at least a 50% chance that I will hate this novel, but this was $5 and in near mint condition. Besides, there's a 50% chance that I might really like it! :-)

Angelala007 I loved this one. It's the only Roth I've read. You have to hear the dialogue in your head to appreciate it. 😊 2y
Suet624 Shawn Mooney, trying to be optimistic. I like it. 2y
Billypar I enjoyed it, though all the other Roth I've read was mid-late career so this one felt different from the rest- more manic and neurotic, more humor. 2y
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blankpagesofmine
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Some of Roth's novels have been on my TBR for quite some time and I have yet to take the plunge. I've heard that his works can be separated with a butter knife, in terms of style and literary impact but is that such an uncommon thing to see from 20th century writers who had long tenures? I always enjoy seeing how an author's writing changes as they do, and as time and history progresses.

#philiproth #portnoyscomplaint #bibliophile #reading

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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

Really sharp observations and thoughts make this an excellent read. Especially considering the rather serious subject Portnoy is talking about to his 'doctor' in his long monologue: the consequences of being Jewish in Newark in the 40s and 50s. He complains about his Jewish parents and their traditions and beliefs, he complains about religion in general, but as a grown up he discovers he cannot escape his own roots. #1001books

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manifestsanity
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Depraved. Vulgar. Crass. Sexist. Disgusting. Offensive. Perverted. Abnormal. Disturbing. Welcome to the twisted mentality of Alexander Portnoy! This is one of the funniest, most deviant books I have ever read. It's like a Borscht Belt comedian working blue performing a degenerate one man show for a shocked audience. Fearless and hilarious. #AprilBookShowers #PublishedInThe1960s

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mirkoravaschino
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Chiara1978
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m.galehuxley
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I'm finishing up Portnoy's Complaint. I often enjoyed and understood the reason for the chaotic rambling, but I would have liked to have had something else to hold on to. Perhaps the problem is that I read American Pastoral first and enjoyed it so much. #PhilipRoth

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ApoptyGina69
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Yeah, I have a complaint NO ONE CARES! #threwitacrosstheroom #toomuchpenis. Actually I wanted to throw it out the window of the MUNI (SF bus system), but I donated it instead. Now it lives again once we blended the households. Sigh. #photoadaynov16

Kirstin 😂😂😂 3y
merelybookish Ha! Good choice! 3y
Alfoster You're killing me!😜😜😜 3y
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jdtchicago
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You can no more make someone tell the truth than you can force someone to love you.

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MLRio
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While Roth's prose and characterization are certainly engaging, what this book amounts to is a 300-page inside joke about being a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy, and if you don't happen to fit into that category, too bad, because there's no narrative thread to follow if the joke doesn't include you. Let's just say it's masturbatory in more ways than one. #review #portnoyscomplaint #philiproth

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MLRio
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So the voice is strong and the characterization is great, but I'm 100 pages in and still can't find a plot... #philiproth #portnoyscomplaint #currentlyreading

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MLRio
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A friend picked this out for me at Daunt Books yesterday. #dauntbooks #london #philiproth

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twohectobooks
Portnoy's Complaint | Philip Roth
Panpan

Hated this. Dude despises his mom for barely justifiable reasons and masturbates a lot and couldn't convince me to care.

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Yossarian
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With 45 minutes to go, feeling the urge to drive to Barnes & Noble, queue up, and then at the stroke of midnight purchase and read a Philip Roth novel.

Mayread 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻 3y
HardcoverHearts Hilarious! 3y
Hugoreads Yes! I wish I had thought to do something like that! So funny😂 3y
QuintusMarcus I completely understand. 3y
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twohectobooks
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Uhhh...

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twohectobooks
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Less than 50 pages in and already pretty sure I'll hate this.

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Laurenwdillard
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Pickpick

👍

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Sweettartlaura
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Because Joe - and Caroline Kepnes 😏 - say so.
#HPBhaul

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