As a student in college, David Kepesh styles himself 'a rake among scholars, a scholar among rakes'. Little does he realise how prophetic this motto will be - or how damning. For as Philip Roth follows Kepesh from the domesticity of his childhood into the vast wilderness of erotic possibility, from a menage a trois in London to the throes of ...
As a student in college, David Kepesh styles himself 'a rake among scholars, a scholar among rakes'. Little does he realise how prophetic this motto will be - or how damning. For as Philip Roth follows Kepesh from the domesticity of his childhood into the vast wilderness of erotic possibility, from a menage a trois in London to the throes of loneliness in New York, he creates a supremely intelligent, affecting and often hilarious novel about the dilemma of pleasure: where we seek it; why we flee it; and how we struggle to make a truce between dignity and desire.
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The Professor of Desire by Philip Roth is certainly worth the read. It continues to explore the sexuality that is developed in Portnoys Complaint but does so on a more intricate, complex and sophisticated level. In a word, more maturely in both style and substance. The novel moves quickly is full of comprehensive, yet not overindulgent character development and takes the reader on fine and fun ride through the narration of the novel. I highly recommend the novel to anyone just discovering Roth or wanting to go a bit further in their discover of him as a writer. An excellent novel dealing apltly with human sexuality and its many complex nuances.
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