Along with Saul Bellow
, Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint
defined Jewish American literature in the 1960s. Roth's masterpiece takes place on the couch of a psychoanalyst, an appropriate jumping-off place for an insanely comical novel about the Jewish American experience. Roth has written several great books--Goodbye, Columbus
and When She Was Good
among them, but it is perhaps Portnoy's Complaint
for which he is best known.
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"Philip Roth's gift for fantasy, his superb dialogue, his ability to evoke places and atmospheres, makes Portnoy's Complaint at once hilariously, scandalously funny and deeply moving" -- Philip French 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" -- Julian Mitchell New Statesman "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" -- Tony Tanner Spectator "If it doesn't make you laugh, you may have lost your sense of humour" Week "Scabrous language and fantastic comic energy" Jewish Renaissance