Sabbath's Theater Book Review Summary

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Roth's writing style is excellent, as is his characterization. In this book Mickey Sabbath, a retired (forced by arthritis) puppeteer, remembers his youth as a sailor and the whores in each port of call, while living it up in his old age with another man's wife. In between all the (very graphic) sex, he loses someone he loves and constantly remembers his brother that died in the war. This book is full of very cynical rants and not for the faint of heart.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   playing footsy while inconveniently married Life of a profession:    -   sailor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Lover is    -   a prostitute (practice makes perfect!)

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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