Portnoy's Complaint - Vintage Blue (Paperback)Philip Roth (author)
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‘Opening the first page of any Philip Roth is like hearing the ignition on a boiler roar into life. Passion is what we’re going to get, and plenty of it.’ – The Guardian
Framed as a reeling monologue shared with his psychoanalyst, Dr. Spielvogel, Alexander Portnoy – a sexually-obsessed, mother-fixated bachelor – leaves no stone unturned in the frank revelations of his shame and humiliation. Yet in here too is a tale of America, of Jewish identity, of family and belonging, the ‘Complaint’ of the title heralding Portnoy’s eternal war with himself.
Judged by many as perhaps the greatest of all American comic novels, Philip Roth’s seething, hysterically funny exploration of the sexual urge remains unsurpassed in its graphic – but oddly moving – fury.
Subject to intense scrutiny and sporadic censorship from its initial publication in 1969, Portnoy’s Complaint firmly established Philip Roth as one of America’s titans of literature.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'The most scandalous book of the year and probably the decade.' - John Sutherland, The Times
'The most outrageously funny book about sex yet written' - Guardian
'A hysterically funny monologue which has already added a new prototype to American literature... Anyone who can recall anything of the awesome mystery and humiliating farce of growing up will find this book compulsive reading. And it is blessedly, extremely funny' - Spectator
'Philip Roth's gift for fantasy, his superb dialogue, his ability to evoke places and atmospheres, make Portnoy's Complaint at once hilariously, scabrously funny and deeply moving' - Financial Times
'Alexander Portnoy is a great comic character. He is going to be for many readers what his mother was for him: The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met' - New Statesman