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Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
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Dec 04, 2014

did not like it
Read in May, 2011

Although I had high expectations for this piece, I didn't enjoy it! Don't get me wrong - Roth is an excellent writer, but all the lewd prose had me balking at the end of each page. Briefly, the book tells the story of Mickey Sabbath, a 64 year old puppeteer coming to terms with his aging body and adulterous past. There are some heart rending pieces, but Roth annihilates them with his endless coarse commentary. The main character is supposedly modelled on American Jewish painter R.B. Kitaj.

The author is described on the www as "Darkly funny. Obsessed with Jewish identity. Dysfunctional relationships with women". Enough said! It's a pity though - it had the makings of a great work.

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