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. Spievogel 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.
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"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)
'The most outrageously funny book about sex yet written' Guardian
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Book Description Guild Publishing, London, 1982. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good +. No Jacket. Reprint. Not ex-library. Binding intact, no markings, pages yellowed with age. Beautiful book. Burgundy leather with gold decoration on front and spine. Corners slightly bumped, penciled code on upper corner of front free-endpaper. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 019286