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Portnoy's Complaint  : Vintage Blue - Philip Roth

Portnoy's Complaint

By: Philip Roth

Paperback | 1 June 1995 | Edition Number 1

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Philip Roth's hilarious novel about sex, growing up, psychoanalysis, now reissued in electric new backlist style

'The most outrageously funny book about sex written' Guardian

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.

Portnoy's Complaint tells the tale of young Jewish lawyer Alexander Portnoy and his scandalous sexual confessions to his psychiatrist.

As narrated by Portnoy, he takes the reader on a journey through his childhood to adolescence to present day while articulating his sexual desire, frustration and neurosis in shockingly candid ways.

Hysterically funny and daringly intimate, Portnoy's Complaint was an immediate bestseller upon its publication and elevated Roth to an international literary celebrity.
Industry Reviews
"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 *

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