Portnoy's Complaint

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Well, I don't know how to express my feelings about this book. First of all, if English is not your native tongue, you might need to wait a bit to get used to flow of the narrative. I promise it will be worth it.

While long time in my list by a friend's recommendation, I downloaded the book to kindle in a rush, before a flight, thus I didn't have any background information. My first shock came, later on, when I discovered that it was written in 1969. For the plot, I don't mind copying directly from Malbadeen's great review at GoodReads:

sex
sex
sex
sex
guilt
guilt
guilt
guilt
sex
sex
sex
guilt
guilt
moms fault
guilt
moms fault
moms fault
guilt
sex
sex
guilt
kinda dads fault too
mostly moms fault
guilt
sex
sex
sex
self loathing
Jewish loathing
protestant loathing
protestant awe
more Jewish loathing
again with the Protestant loathing
sex
sex
guilt
guilt
guilt
guilt
partial reconciliation with perceptions of all things Jewish
attempt at sex
failure at sex
guilt
guilt
guilt
mom's fault

That's actually how it goes on and on and on. But that's absolutely not to say it's boring. Far from it. It's has been speculated whether the content is imagination or author's childhood memories. Whatever it may be, it's very rich, funny, perverted, sad and provoking.

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