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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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