Sabbath's Theater

Sabbath's Theater

Book - 1995
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He is relentlessly defiant. He is exceedingly libidinous. His appetite for the outrageous is insatiable. He is Mickey Sabbath, the aging, raging powerhouse whose savage effrontery and mocking audacity are at the heart of Philip Roth's astonishing new novel. Sabbath's Theater tells Mickey's story in the wake of the death of his mistress, an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds even his own. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey is now in his mid-sixties and besieged by ghosts - of his mother, his beloved brother, his vanished first wife, his mistress of thirteen years. Bereft and grieving, he embarks on a turbulent journey back into his past, one that brings him to the brink of madness and extinction. But no matter how ardently he courts death, he is too exuberantly alive to succeed at dying. Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. This book, which presents Philip Roth at the peak of his powers, is sur

Baker & Taylor
The death of his mistress sends Mickey Sabbath, an audacious libertine and onetime puppeteer, on a psychic journey into his past

Blackwell North Amer
As much as he wants to be the Marquis de Sade, he is not. As much as he wants to be seventeen, he is not. As much as he wants to be dead, he is not. He is Mickey Sabbath, the aging, raging powerhouse whose savage effrontery and mocking audacity are at the heart of Philip Roth's new novel.
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 exceeds even his own - Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past. Bereft and grieving, besieged by the ghosts of those who loved and hated him most, he contrives a succession of farcical disasters that take him to the brink of madness and extinction.

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& Taylor

The death of his mistress sends Mickey Sabbath, an audacious libertine and onetime puppeteer, on a psychic journey into his past, in a comic novel by the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of Operation Shylock. National ad/promo.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
ISBN: 9780395739822
0395739829
Branch Call Number: ROT
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 24 cm.

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susann206
Dec 17, 2011

About 70 percent of this book was devoted to graphic sexual experiences and descriptions which got a little old after while. The other 30 percent was an interesting insight into the mind and life of an aging man whose choices and actions have put him in the postion of having virtually no resouces. His way of dealing with this and his will to live life on his own terms provides an insight to a unique way of looking at life.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 11, 2010

1995 National Book Award - Fiction

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Cabby
Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1996 Pulitzer prize.

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