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5th Mar '16 5:17:18 AM Aquila89
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''Portnoy's Complaint'' (1969) is an American novel by Philip Roth. The novel tells the humorous monologue of Alex Portnoy, a sex-obsessed Jewish youth who confesses his often bizarre sexual encounters to his psychotherapist. Though it was originally banned in several countries due to its explicit content, it is now often ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century, and is one of Roth's most popular books, along with ''AmericanPastoral''.

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''Portnoy's Complaint'' (1969) is an American novel by Philip Roth.Creator/PhilipRoth. The novel tells the humorous monologue of Alex Portnoy, a sex-obsessed Jewish youth who confesses his often bizarre sexual encounters to his psychotherapist. Though it was originally banned in several countries due to its explicit content, it is now often ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century, and is one of Roth's most popular books, along with ''AmericanPastoral''.
21st Nov '15 11:56:00 AM AliceMacher
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* CatharticScream: A rare example of this trope at the very end of a work. After spending the entire novel monologuing, Alex asks his psychoanalyst's permission to let out a scream of frustration over his perpetual guilt. "Because that's maybe what I need most of all, to howl. A pure howl, without any more words between me and it!" There follows a scream running several lines of type. Then comes the novel's final "Punch Line":
--> So ''[said the doctor]''. [[HerrDoktor Now vee may perhaps to begin.]] Yes?
3rd Nov '15 1:10:41 AM Aquila89
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* ShiksaGoddess: Alex's girlfriends The Monkey, The Pumpkin and The Pilgrim are this to him.

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* ShiksaGoddess: Alex's girlfriends The Monkey, The Pumpkin and The Pilgrim are this to him. Especially the Pilgrim - he gives her that nickname because she's from a prestigious family, and that's his main reason for dating her.
26th Jul '15 12:26:16 PM Aquila89
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* MattressTagGag: Near the end, Alex claims that he's always cruelly punished by the universe for minor transgressions, and imagines that if he's remove a mattress tag, he'd get the electric chair.
--> "This is the police speaking. You're surrounded, Portnoy. You better come on out and pay your debt to society." "Up society's ass, Copper!" "Three to come out with those hands of yours up in the air. Mad Dog, or else we come in after you, guns blazing. One." "Blaze, you bastard cop, what do I give a shit? I tore the tag off my mattress-" "Two." "-But at least while I lived, I lived big!"
11th Jul '15 6:55:18 AM Aquila89
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* HormoneAddledTeenager: As a teenager, Alex was obsessed with sex and girls, but muchto his frustration, he never really grew out of it.

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* HormoneAddledTeenager: As a teenager, Alex was obsessed with sex and girls, but muchto much to his frustration, he never really grew out of it.
11th Jul '15 6:53:23 AM Aquila89
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* ThreeWaySex: Alex has a threesome with the Monkey and an Italian prostitute in Rome, but he finds it more strenuous than sexy.
-->I can best describe the state I subsequently entered as one of unrelieved busy-ness. Boy, was I busy! I mean there was just so much to do. You go here and I'll go there- okay, now you go here and I'll go there- all right, now she goes down that way, while I head up this way, and you sort of half turn around on this...
26th Jun '15 9:22:12 AM Aquila89
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-->.Day and night, at work and on the street-thirty-three years old and still he is roaming the streets with his eyes popping. A wonder he hasn't been ground to mush by a taxicab, given how he makes his way across the major arteries of Manhattan during the lunch hour. Thirty-three, and still ogling and daydreaming about every girl who crosses her legs opposite him in the subway!

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-->.Day -->Day and night, at work and on the street-thirty-three years old and still he is roaming the streets with his eyes popping. A wonder he hasn't been ground to mush by a taxicab, given how he makes his way across the major arteries of Manhattan during the lunch hour. Thirty-three, and still ogling and daydreaming about every girl who crosses her legs opposite him in the subway!
26th Jun '15 9:21:58 AM Aquila89
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* HormoneAddledTeenager: As a teenager, Alex was obsessed with sex and girls, but muchto his frustration, he never really grew out of it.
-->.Day and night, at work and on the street-thirty-three years old and still he is roaming the streets with his eyes popping. A wonder he hasn't been ground to mush by a taxicab, given how he makes his way across the major arteries of Manhattan during the lunch hour. Thirty-three, and still ogling and daydreaming about every girl who crosses her legs opposite him in the subway!
20th Aug '14 10:07:25 AM Aquila89
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: An entire chapter, "Whacking Off," is dedicated to Alex's experiences with masturbation.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: An entire chapter, "Whacking Off," is dedicated to Alex's experiences with masturbation. In his teenage years, he masturbated at every opportunity, and lived in fear of being caught.
20th Aug '14 10:04:41 AM Aquila89
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* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: Alex is obsessed with sex, and feels guilty about it.
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