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/
My gift certificate #bookhaul 📚 now I just need to get those stickers off of the McEwan 🙄
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
Up to Mt. Vancouver for #MountTBR!
On to the next one...
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.
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.
“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!”
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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! :-)
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
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
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
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
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
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.