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.
Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence 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, particularly 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 relationship.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099399018
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Review by mashcan
This is a very funny book about what it is to be a male.
Review by samatoha
great satire that didnt age. roth was never the best author of a sublimate,refined writing,he tends to the big and hysteric tone, and that fits well into this genre and book,where the fight between the individualist and society was never more clearly written. one of the best psychology portraits ever, with clever ideas about the rule of sex as a rebell and controller, religion,family and culture in the designing of a man.
Review by miriamparker
I think that when publishers write "hilarious" on book jackets they should think "is this as funny as Portnoy's Complaint?" If not, then hilarious does not apply.
Review by ludovicofischer
Very insightful look into the psychology of intellectuals who want to do good. Beautifl reflections on growing up as part of a minority.
Review by alexrichman
An unashamedly juvenile novel that discussed coprophilia and rampant onanism before the stars of American Pie were even twinkles in their fathers' testicles; if you can stomach the gross-out comedy, the portrait of a Jewish family is as brilliantly observed as you would expect from the author.
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