Portnoy’s Complaint


Philip Roth (1933 – )

In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam war and domestic civil unrest, a literary bombshell hit the bookstores:  Portnoy’s Complaint.  A coming of age tale written by Philip Roth who went on to become an icon of American literature.  Portnoy exploded onto the American psyche like the atomic bomb did over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Roth, born in 1933, is a private man not given to public appearances or interviews.  However, I just finished a very interesting 1-1/2 hour biographical documentary that appeared on PBS: American Masters.  The documentary is entitled:  Philip Roth Unmasked.  For a link: (Click Here).  Roth is now 81 years old, but sharp as a tack.  If you came of age in the 1950’s and 60’s—like me who was born in 1947—or just love great literature, writers and /or human nature, you might be interested in (and thoroughly enjoy) this well done presentation.


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