D highly self regarding Well writing but awful The most tedious ramble I ve ever experienced I had heard that it was a good book but was very sadly misled It goes on and on about nothing with a few words you wouldn t want your mum to hear you using thrown in to try and make it interesting it failed miserably I kept going Was looking forward to reading this as it seemed to upset the feminists on Radio 4 who thought it portrayed a poor attitude towards women feminists Most of the humour is based around Alex Portnoy who finds relief from
HIS CONSTRICTIVE JEWISH UPBRINGING FROM WITHIN THE REFUGE OF constrictive Jewish upbringing from within the refuge of experimental sex life that deviates from the norm The females that feature in the book participate willingly with full consent and are eually deranged so it hardly fits into the metoo category unless of course they regret it many years later in the seuel if there is one Anyway didn t find it funny This is a Brilliant Novel It Is Very novel It is very with a barbed humour that some in the past have found to be inappropriate The manual misdemeanours of Alex Portnoy his rectally challenged father and his freuently frantic mother make for a breathless ride and a lot of laughs And I haven t even started on speaking about his girlfriend the Monkey If you enjoy off beat comedy and are not easily offended this is a must read Should be on everyone s must read list I laughed out loud and cringed with recognition of shared anxieties about masturbation and sex an persistent theme Philip Roth dissects American morality and serves it up col. Arly 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 relationsh.
Download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¼ Philip RothSpoken to a shrink by a sex obsessed wisecracking Jewish manhood it leaves little to the imagination Hysterical That at least is the opinion of a sympathetic male reader it would indeed be enlightening to hear women readers comment as it gets fairly near the bone exploitatively Not to say it s sexploitation for all its candour it s hardly titillating Dependsone supposes on engagement with the narrator who tries to be and is made funny This is my fourth Philip Roth and I am totally hooked
Alex Portnoy is a typical product of Jewish parents especially his motherPortnoy is a typical product of Jewish parents especially his mother is overbearing
And On The Other Hand Some What Cruel Poor Alexon the other hand some what cruel Poor Alex t do anything right even though he always gets A grades at school This book is largely written through his eyes during a visit or several to his Psychologist He rants and raves and there is a lot of humour tooI haven t uite finished it yet but definitely has not disappointed Be warned though part of Portnoy s complaint has to do with what teenage boys do with their nether regions Oh and his father s chronic and ever present constipation Philip Roth s Portnoy s Complaint published in 1969 is the story of Jewish American bachelor Alex Portnoy as told in a long intense monologue apparently to a therapist The therapist is effectively invisible saying nothing serving as a device to let Portnoy talk Sometimes a book allows you to identify with a central character Since in this case the reader is identified with a silent therapist there s a feeling of being separate from the narrative listeni. Portnoy's Complaint n after Alexander Portnoy 1933A 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 fe. .
Ng to this intense individual talking in ruthless detail
ABOUT HIS JEWISH CHILDHOOD AND SUBSEUENT RELATIONSHIP WHAThis Jewish childhood subseuent relationship historySo what I learn through my patient listening There was some interesting stuff Identity was a big thing Much of the book is informed by what is to be Jewish even though it s also about trying to escape such labels If I could get a word in edgeways I would have said that was interestingEven interesting was the idea of guilt Alex lives in a society which trains you to be obedient through arbitrary rules often dietary The idea is that
the time to follow rules that are really important you ll be ready But by then you ve been so confused by arbitrary regulations and so bruised by capricious punishment that it s hard to tell the difference between valid and ridiculous restrictionsSo that was thought provoking But why am I saying these things This narrator wasn t waiting for me to say anything I was there to listen not offer an opinion That summed up a feeling around the book that I didn t enjoy Portnoy was so self involved On one occasion he is amazed that a young woman is upset when he breaks up with her because it s really only his feelings that count You can enjoy the uick fire anecdotes and laugh at the scandalous humour but after a while you want to put the book down and talk to someone less self centred someone who might actually ask your opinion How s that Philip Roth book you re reading Well thanks for asking In my view it s funny unsettling sometimes nauseating often interesting an. Tishism auto eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a conseuence 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 particul.when the time