Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth is an amazing comic production, and Mickey Sabbath is his hero. Sabbath on sixty-four is once a scandalously imaginative marionette still challengingly anti-good. But Sabbath starts a tumultuous trip through his history after the death of a longtime female, who was sexual free spirits and whose adulterous audacity exceeded even her own. Bereft and sorrowful, besieged by the souls of those who loved and hated him most, he produces a series of farcical tragedies, which lead him to the verge of wretchedness and disappearance.
Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth – The book review
Not long before the sixty-year-old Mickey Sabbath puppeteer loses a pulmonary embolism to his lover from Yugoslavia, Drenka Balich. This book is Roth’s big song of anger: rage in childhood, rage in death, rage at the womb of Sabbath, after he has phone sex with the elderly. Saturday’s Theatre, still angry enough to sustain the battle, is self-confident enough to diagnose itself as the the discredited male polemic’s last gasp.
From the Book:
Two things, the American girl next door (that was Roseanna) and the exotic (Nikki, the romance of port life, brothel life), came together for him in New York when he started to go to whorehouses looking for his wife. There were places on upper Third Avenue where you met the girl next door. You walked up the stairs into a kind of salon and sometimes they tried to make it look like an old-fashioned salon out of Lautrec or some fake version of that. And there were young women lounging around, and there one found the girl next door but never, never Nikki.Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth
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