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The Breast
The Breast
Author: Philip Roth
Like a latter-day Gregor Samsa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed. But where Kafka's protagonist turned into a giant beetle, the narrator of Philip Roth's richly conceived fantasy has become a 155-pound female breast. What follows is a deliriously funny yet touching exploration of the full implicati...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780679749011
ISBN-10: 0679749012
Publication Date: 3/15/1994
Pages: 96
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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It was hilarious! Very strange, but I couldn't stop laughing. Men and women alike obsess about breasts, and yet the thought of being one makes you take another look, from the breast's perspective. Apparently, being a breast isn't all that! And where will he ever find a mate???
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This book marks the first appearance of Professor David Kepesh, even though some of the stuff he talks about (his wife Helen and his upbringing in a hotel in the Catskills) fully appears in THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE. Kepesh narrates the story of how he became a breast and his subsequent dealings with this transformation. Think of it as Roth's riff on Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," but more hilarious and thought-provoking.