Checking Portnoy’s Complaint on Philip Roth’s birthday

Yesterday was John Updike’s birthday and today is Philip Roth’s. Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was exactly a year older than Roth (born on March 19, 1933). Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Roth in Newark, New Jersey. Updike is one of my favourite writers. I read Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus last year (or was it the year before?). He is, of course, best known for Portnoy’s Complaint. Goodbye, Columbus, published in 1959, earned a National Book Award, but Portnoy’s Complaint in 1969 made him famous. This is how it begins: Continue reading “Checking Portnoy’s Complaint on Philip Roth’s birthday”