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The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth
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Jan 11, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

The book pretty effectively walks the line between wild romp and social protest piece. I'm not so sure Roth makes a definite point with this story of the Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia, but then as goes the political history of, well, anywhere, I'm a bit of a tard. Thus the point may have been lost on me. We all know censorship and totalitarianism are bad; Roth basically leaves it at that. But it's very fun and incorporates his brand of filthy, filthy, depraved sex. The Olga character is one of those living, breathing caricatures only an author with the talent and compassion of a Roth could pull off. Reading all of his earlier works--if you've read even one of his later works--you lower you standards a bit because you're witnessing the slow germination of Roth's fathomless outrage and despair. And lust! So it's worth reading these past four books because I am very much anticipating what's coming. Love for Mr. Roth, endless.

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