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 »ons of Kepesh's metamorphosis—a daring, heretical book that brings us face to face with the intrinsic strangeness of sex and subjectivity.« less
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???
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.