I've been meaning to read some more Philip Roth ever since reading Portnoy's Complaint as part of the Modern Library/Random House top 100 novels. I had several choices (including The Human Stain) and picked Sabbath's Theater. Maybe I made the wrong choice. This is not a bad book - I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars - but it certainly wasn't great. Had this book come out in the '40s or '50s instead of the '90s, it most certainly would have been banned for indecency. It borders at times on the pornographic. That doesn't bother me, but even so, there was one scene which I found over-the-top and disgusting. Probably my biggest "issue" with the novel was the meandering plot, and the jumping back and forth in time (which wasn't always immediately clear). There were sections and scenes in the book that I found fascinating and intriguing, but others which left me bored and confused. It lacks consistency.