Objects & Places from Portnoy's Complaint

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The Apartment in New York City - This is the home of the main character and his family in his early life.

The House in New Jersey - This is the home to which the main character and his family move when he is a teenager, and this is in the heart of a crowded, thriving Jewish community.

The Boston and Northeastern Life Insurance Company - This is the company the main character's father works for.

The Bathroom - This is the setting for many of the main character's most intense experiences: his desperation-fueled masturbating and his pity-fueled encounters with his father's chronic constipation.

Bar Mitzvah - This is a centuries old Jewish coming of age ritual for young men.

Alex's Penis - This is the focus of the main character's sexual obsession. In his adolescence he believes he has given himself cancer from manipulating it, although...

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