segunda-feira, 26 de setembro de 2016

Book Review | The Breast by Philip Roth

Short and weird. The Breast by Philip Roth is a tale about a man who sheds his human form and turns into a huge breast. One must not dwell as to the practicality of it as much as the scenario itself. 

As such, this book ends up being quite scary as well as absurd. Can you imagine the horror of being the first human to experience a new illness? Can you imagine being turned into something that gets you trapped?

The character of David Kepesh, an intelligent, hypochondriac man, turns into question after question. What is the meaning of all of this? Why did this happen to me? The tale turns into an existentialism piece from the point of view of a selfish man who turns into such a feminine icon, all the while trying to make sense of it all.

The book is quite amusing. It does not try to explain the facts, just keep one wondering. David Kepesh ends up assuring himself and others he must have gone insane and is just imagining being turned into a breast, while in reality being in an hospice. He is also paranoid, thinking he's being filmed and broadcasted for the scientific community to see. Is he? Everyone confirms him of the opposite, actually. But is that true?

This was overall a very entertaining tale, full of wonder and surprise.



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