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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781441805553
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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 implications of Kepesh’s metamorphosis—a daring, heretical book that brings us face to face with the intrinsic strangeness of sex and subjectivity. “The Breast is terrific . . . inventive and sane and very funny. The trick which is the heart of the book is brilliant . . . and rich with meaning.”—John Gardner, The New York Times Book Review “Hilarious, serious, visionary, logical, sexual-philosophical; the ending amazes—the joke takes three steps beyond savagery and satire and turns into a sublimeness of pity. One knows when one is reading something that will permanently enter the culture.”—Cynthia Ozick Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah K. Sawyer | 2/20/2014

    " I read this in college and really liked it...wonder if I still would. Hard to say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel (Sfogs) | 2/15/2014

    " What a weird book. It wasn't even very good, just a guy ranting on and on and on... after he turns into a breast. I don't get why this book is on the 1001 books list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 2/3/2014

    " After seeing the PBS special on Roth, I decided to read some of his works I had missed. This is imaginative, humorous, a short novella. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Shroufe | 1/31/2014

    " The Breast is my first Roth book that I really took to (although I read partially some Zuckerman Novels) and what better novella than "The Breast" to learn Phillip Roth's distorted textual sense which I loved right away. The short read is very easy to follow yet it is fully complicated as a work of literature. It is obviously based on Kafka's "Metamorphasis" yet Roth seems to make a joke of it while still capturing all (or most) of the original ideas and components. Although admitedly like most people there are certain themes lost on me in "The Breast" but I do feel that Roth is making a "Metamorphasis" for the 20th century and he succeeded mostly. There are also subjects such as sexual arrousal and the idea that Dr.Kepesh himself (being a literary proffesor) cannot sustain wether he is living a reality or if it is allegorical situation which is one of the most interesting themes of this "Novella" Fiction vs Reality. No matter the meanings, everyone will or should take something from this read and enjoyment will be had by any Roth or true literary fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C Moore | 1/17/2014

    " Not necessarily great, but an interesting blend of humorous, outrageous, and deeply serious. Now I definitely need to read The Metamorphosis! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curious Squid | 1/16/2014

    " Man turns into 155 pound breast. Such a quick read it was amusing. Add another 35 pages and it might have been tedious? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sorana | 1/2/2014

    " it was my last roth,so i guess that may have something to do with how little i liked it.you can only take so much of the guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip Fracassi | 12/30/2013

    " A fun little piece of surrealist fiction. I mean...a man literally becomes a giant breast. How can that NOT be a great story. And you'll read it in like 20 minutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 katie | 12/28/2013

    " so i guess by now it's pretty obvious that i'm reading all of roth's work chronologically. more fun than a balloon toss, anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 10/25/2013

    " 1st in a trilogy, about David Kepesh. I'm looking forward to reading the remainder of the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick sullivan | 9/26/2013

    " Roth's satire on Kafka's "Metamorphosis. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/27/2013

    " Super weird. The protagonist actually transforms into a giant boob! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/24/2012

    " A man turns into a giant female breast. Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 5/6/2011

    " weird ..... just weird but easy read so worth the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ke | 4/10/2011

    " It is Roth being Roth. The ending was quite interesting, but it didn't feel that satisfying.

    I couldn't believe in the villain.

    There were times that the story moved too slowly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 3/22/2011

    " weird ..... just weird but easy read so worth the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 11/6/2010

    " This book was really out there, it had some very grotesque situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 10/26/2010

    " A fun little piece of surrealist fiction. I mean...a man literally becomes a giant breast. How can that NOT be a great story. And you'll read it in like 20 minutes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sorana | 9/6/2010

    " it was my last roth,so i guess that may have something to do with how little i liked it.you can only take so much of the guy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jared | 8/22/2010

    " A real let-down after reading 'The Dying Animal'. Boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/24/2010

    " This is an odd little book. Fantastic in premise, but pretty non-fantastic in approach. Roth examines the sole fantastic element with his usual psychological microscope. It is an interesting read, but not a particularly noteable Roth book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 5/12/2010

    " apparently, boobies love to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 5/11/2010

    " I loe Roth's interpretation of Kafka. What can you say about Roth other than he's amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/5/2010

    " I think that Roth is trying to rewrite Kafka to fit 1970's America, with some success. Witty, mildly disturbing and thankfully short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 12/25/2009

    " This book is f'ing brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen | 12/12/2009

    " Hilarious and dashing in conceit. Ultimately, rather a serious and moving work that echoes from its last line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 12/6/2009

    " Picked this one up after first discovering Roth and wanting to read everything he'd ever written. Found it kind of pointless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 10/6/2009

    " I took me forever to get through this book. I think I know what he was going for with it but it was still too much for me-the whole man turned into a breast thing, I don't recommend it! "

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