Portnoy's Complaint - Chapter 5 Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Part 2 Summary

"The Most Prevalent Form of Degradation in Erotic Life", continued. This section of Chapter 5 contains narratives of two important relationships Alex had with shikses during his college years. The first was with a girl named Kay Campbell, with whom Alex campaigned for the Democrats (and was impressed with her tact and intellect) and with whom Alex went to Iowa for Thanksgiving instead of back home to New Jersey. Alex narrates the trip in comic yet tragic detail—how he discovered a whole new way of open, friendly talking when he was with Kay's family (see "Quotes", p. 221), and how he was terrified the entire time that they would ask him to leave because he is so obviously Jewish. He narrates how at first he took extra care to make sure his Jewishness was not contaminated (by, for example, squeezing away...

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