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Sabbath's Theater
Sabbath's Theater
Author: Philip Roth
Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his long-time mistress—an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring surpassed eve...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780771075865
ISBN-10: 0771075863
Publication Date: 9/9/1995
Pages: 464
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Publisher: Random House of Canada Ltd
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Finished reading this one last night and I have to say that this novel is not for everyone especially if you are easily offended. It tells the story of Mickey Sabbath, the classic 64-year old dirty old man! The novel is profane, perverse, and sometimes on the edge of disgusting in describing the sexual exploits of Sabbath who was a finger puppeteer in New York that would casually expose the breasts of a young student with one hand while performing his act with the other. This is one of the milder aspects of his sexual career - I won't describe some of what he did with his lover Drenka... Overall, I found this novel to be fascinating telling the story of Sabbath in a sometimes hard-to-follow stream-of-consciousness style that shifts from the present (1994) to his childhood during WWII and jumps throughout to different periods of his life and his thoughts on love, sex, and death. He includes his own epitaph in the book which I think describes him perfectly:


Morris Sabbath
"Mickey"
Beloved Whoremonger, Seducer,
Sodomist, Abuser of Women,
Destroyer of Morals, Ensnarer of Youth,
Uxoricide,
Suicide
1929-1994

I remember reading Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" when I was in high school in the late 60s and being somewhat shocked at his vivid descriptions of sexual conduct. Well Roth hasn't mellowed in all those years!


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