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The Dying Animal

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  6,365 Ratings  ·  569 Reviews
No matter how much you know, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you plot and you connive and you plan, you’re not superior to sex. With these words our most unflaggingly energetic and morally serious novelist launches perhaps his fiercest book. The speaker is David Kepesh, white-haired and over sixty, an eminent cultural critic and star lecturer at a New York ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Michael Finocchiaro
While not his greatest work, Philip Roth's A Dying Animal is a highly readable and entertaining story of Roth's alter ego David Kapesh and his various affairs as a septuagenarian ex-professor. It ranges from hilarious to grotesque (in the Sabbath's Theater sense of the word) to poignant. Few writers are as brutally honest about themselves as Roth and this is one of the books on which I find his psyche right on top.
I wish I could say that it is just as entertaining reading the puritan backlash Roth engenders among a large number of Goodreads' reviewers as it is to read Roth himself. But, alas, I cannot say that.

So, all right, this is not the masterpiece that, say, "Portnoy's Complaint" is, but I also can't deny that Roth speaks to me on every page. And that's because the man refuses to lie about human sexuality and motivation. What he says makes a lot of people uncomfortable. In many quarters that's a prer
May 05, 2014 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Mr. Roth, you're so dead-on when you write: "You're not superior to sex" (33). This simple idea is made manifest with that inimitable, incredible Rothian verve we absolutely admire. The entitled voice nears perilously close to, in my recent memory, the pu**y protagonist of the horrid abortion that goes by the name of "Ian McEwan's Saturday." The 70 year old in this book, a decrepit nonetheless persistently sharp Hot Shot TV persona, goes on ridiculing people, mainly sexually (mostly an array ...more
Thodoris Fotoglou
Jan 22, 2017 Thodoris Fotoglou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Λίγο άναρχα γραμμένο αλλά με διέλυσε..
Πρόκειται για συνταρακτική νουβέλα που ο βαθύς σαρκασμός και το υπαρξιακό σκάλισμα επικρατούν σε πολλες σελίδες
Ένας αποχαιρετισμός στη νιότη..
και πολλα και έντονα τα συναισθήματα όσο η αναγνωση οδεύει προς το τέλος.
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
Man of the World

In the third of Philip Roth's David Kepesh novels, David is a divorced, semi-retired professor, philanderer, libertine and man of the world. He teaches a class in Practical Criticism and does book reviews on NPR.

To his students, especially the female ones, he possesses an intellectual and journalistic glamour: "They are helplessly drawn to celebrity." He reciprocates their attention, being "very vulnerable to female beauty".

At the time the novel is narrated, David is 70. However
Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Philip Roth is a sexist pig. Who can argue about that? When he drags his mind off his wilting member for a week or so he produces Operation Shylock which is a minor masterpiece. But that was just a vacation. For years now he just rewrites the same story where some old geezer (himself) fantasises about shagging some young bird and then - just like life - gets to shag her. Bah. What a pig.
Jan 09, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Não sei que pensar deste livro. Tem muito assunto mas pouca consistência.

Um professor de sessenta e dois que seduz alunas na casa dos vinte. Não acredito muito nisto, pois as miúdas não gostam de homens velhos (acho eu...).
Na cama faz-lhes coisas que nem miúdas nem graúdas apreciam (digo eu...).
Apaixona-se por uma delas; tem muitos ciúmes, sofre muito, mas continua a fazer uns biscates com outra. Quando ela o deixa entra em depressão durante três anos (não percebi...).
Entretanto vai divagando so
Jun 23, 2017 Chris_P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Look," she said, "there's hair on my arms but not on my head"

This short novel is my first Roth. I've heard much about the guy, but I'd never got around to reading any of his works. The Dying Animal is a complex monologue that touches many delicate matters. Written just after the turn of the century, this change of everything in the world is portrayed clearly and in an in-your-face fashion, leaving, however, plenty of space for misunderstandings.

The sexual liberation that took place in the six
Dec 21, 2013 Roxane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An absurdist, wish-fulfillment meandering stream of consciousness type book-length monologue recounting the inner life of an aging narcissist, misogynist, breast-obsessed professor who, like the cliché has sex with his students and is incomprehensibly virile in his sixties. In terms of committing to a premise, Roth is brilliant. There are some remarkable passages but they are interrupted by large swaths of self-indulgent, aimless prattle. The title is masterful, though.
Nov 07, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Είμαι εναντίον επειδή σημαίνει πως ερωτεύεσαι.Η μοναδική ψύχωση την οποία επιθυμούν οι πάντες: "έρωτας".Οι άνθρωποι νομίζουν ότι ολοκληρώνονται με το να ερωτευτεύονται;Θέλουν την πλατωνική ένωση των ψυχών;Εγώ έχω αντίθετη άποψη.Νομίζω ότι ακέραιος είσαι στην αρχή.Κι ο έρωτας σε ραγίζει."

Το πρώτο βιβλίο του Roth που διαβάζω,σίγουρα όχι το τελευταίο.Με αφορμή μια ερωτική ιστορία με μια φοιτήτριά του,ο πρωταγωνιστής μας μιλάει για πολλά και διάφορα θέματα,κυρίως όμως για τον έρωτα,την ομορφιά,
Nov 03, 2012 olaszka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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of course it wasn't until the film came out that i read the book. i mean, it's philip roth so i would have read it anyway but it sort of accelerated things when the film premiered. i wasn't expecting much, i mean - no one talks about 'the dying animal' like they do about 'portnoy's complaint' or 'everyman'.
the book was divine. it was shamelessly unputdownable. literally. i was starving and i needed to pee but i didn't put the bloody thing down until i read and digested every word.
i don't even
May 02, 2013 Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 28, 2007 Zinta rated it did not like it
Scanning this book as my other half poured over it with disarming fascination, I had to peek into what had so mesmerized him. After all, I hadn't read a Roth novel since my early 20's, already at that young age having determined that there was nothing here but adolescent angst. And this dying animal? Ah, but I had been right to not bother all these years and with all the in between novels. The story was quite the same one. This time the difference was only one of age. A Roth version of Lolita, a ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Penso que estamos inteiros antes de começarmos. E o amor fractura-nos. Ou te livras dele ou o incorporas através da autodeformação. E foi isso que fizeste e te levou à loucura.»

Primeiro contacto com Philip Roth, e que me deixou bichinho.
Linguagem direta, sem papas na língua. Cru. E fascinante.
Milhares de pessoas passam por nós e mal nos tocam, e subitamente aparece uma que nos vira a vida do avesso, muitas vezes sem que consigamos perceber exatamente como ou porquê de tal ter acontecido. Isto é
Dec 11, 2013 jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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فيليب روث هو نفسه الذي قال: لا أستطيع أن أكون عاطلًا, ولا أعرف شيئًا أفعله غير الكتابة. هو نفسه الذي أعتزل الكتابة حين تحولّت لمشقة بالنسبة إليه, وسلبته أكثر ممّا أعطته. هو نفسه الذي أنتج أعمال كثيرة, يتفاوت تأثيرها و ظَلّ هو على مسار واحد, إيقاع واحد لا يغيّره. أسلوب واحد..آسر ومُحكَم.
في الحيوان المحتضر ثمّة فردية تتميّز بها الشخصيات. الأستاذ الجامعي والذي بسبب خوفه على إستقلاليته يقاوم حب الطالبة. يجد نفسه فجأة متخليًا عن كل ما تمسّك به في فترات سابقة. والنهاية الغير متوقعة أن الحيوان المحتضر
Aug 03, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
''There's no way to negotiate metrically this wild thing'

This abrupt, tense novel on the trading of dominance through sex, is not unlike Coetzee's 'Disgrace' though it is far more elegant.

David Kepesh, an ageing cultural critic is undone by the well-mannered and graceful Consuela who is more than thirty years younger than Kepesh and significantly less complicated.

For all the intellectualising going on the plot is fairly asinine and cliche, saved somewhat by the melodic and charismatic prose.

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الحيوان المحتضر

إنها العلاقة التي يبدو أنها تسيطر على ذهن فيليب روث، والتي تعرض لها في الوصمة البشرية، وها هو يعود لاكتشافها في (الحيوان المحتضر) ولكن بشكل مختلف قليلاً، ففي الوصمة البشرية نتابع علاقة الدكتور كولمن سيلك بامرأة في نصف عمره، ومن طبقة اجتماعية أدنى بكثير، ففيما نتابع هنا علاقة الدكتور دايفد كيبيش بطالبة تصغره بأربعين عاماً، كونسويلا كاستيلو، كيف يتصرف الرجل بمثل هذه العلاقة، كيف يتعامل مع حقيقة الفارق العمري، كيف يتعامل مع غيرته، مع مشاعره، مع شهوته، إنها علاقة تستحق كتباً، لا كتاب
Mar 30, 2017 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma escrita crua onde o que é é. Directa, sem metáforas. Uma escrita ousada, sincera, que deixa inquietações. Raios partam o tempo. Merda para o amor.

Os homens acham as mulheres assim tão encantadoras uma vez excluído o sexo? Alguém acha alguém de qualquer sexo assim tão encantador, a não ser que tenha comércio sexual com essa pessoa? Por quem mais nos sentimos assim encantados? Por ninguém.
Ela pensa: estou a dizer-lhe quem sou. Ele está interessado em quem sou. Isso é verdade, mas eu estou curi
Sep 18, 2016 thalakii rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ειχε δυο-τρία αποσπάσματα που μου ειπαν πολλά για το αναπόδραστο της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης. Ισως το ξαναδιαβασω οταν θα ειμαι 70 ή οταν μου φυτρώσει πουλί, και μου πει περισσοτερα.

#readathon16 [23/26] ~ [ένα βιβλίο με λιγότερες απο 150 σελίδες]
Jul 27, 2012 Rosalba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[…] Consumami il cuore, malato di desiderio e avvinto a un animale morente, che non sa che cos’è..[..] – W.B. Yeats -

Resto sempre stupita di fronte alla lucidità con cui Philip Roth affronta tematiche così importanti come la vita, l’amore, il sesso, la malattia, la vecchiaia, la morte. Qui è un professore sessantenne, con alle spalle un matrimonio e un figlio, che ha abbandonato per godere appieno della libertà sessuale, conquistata negli anni sessanta, e a cui si dedica con le sue ex allieve un
Run, Consuela, Run.

As fast as you can. You are 24, he is 62. You have you whole life ahead of you. You have been reared by a large and caring family. He has made a career of living only for his own pleasure....ignoring his son.....and preying on his female students.

Run, Consuela, Run.

You will become invisible to him when you are will become invisible to him when your body becomes the least bit flawed. He could be your grandfather, his son calls him a serial tomcat.

After seeing the mo
Aug 06, 2009 Olivia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Dying Animal might as well have been me reading this book. The story picks up with the interesting truths of human sexuality, little revelations about aging and confronting death, and yet the combination here of sex and death still manages to fall flat. A young Cuban love interest, a randy old professor: so much to be explored right? An interracial relationship that crosses age too. In theory this stuff should be compelling. Roth however doesn't manage to get past discussing ass-shapes and b ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Mickey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reviews are mixed; either readers loved this one by Roth or they hated it. Always the sign of a book worth reading.

I loved reading the most intimate reflections of an older man (60s, then age 70) about a lovely young woman who is, for a brief period, his lover, then for years afterward, his obsession. All of his ruminations, his fixations and angst, rang true for me. I live in a part of the world where older men pay beautiful young women to be their girlfriends. So do you, probably. Take a l
Oct 17, 2013 Victor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tudo o que este tipo escreve, eu quero ler. Um dos meus incondicionais. Esta é a história sobre o poder que o sexo dá, sobre a velhice e o inevitável fim através da morte. Uma leitura do mundo, como sempre em Roth, muito psicanalítica e cheia de referências às tensões humanas provocadas pelo sexo. Sexo! Sexo sem pudor nas palavras! "...só quando fodemos é que tudo aquilo de que não gostamos na vida e tudo aquilo que nela nos derrota é puramente, ainda que momentaneamente, vingado."
مروان البلوشي

لم يعجبني النثر في هذه الرواية، حركته مسطحة للغاية ومملة. أما الأحداث فهي لا تثير في نفس القارئ الكثير، شعرت بأن قصة البروفيسور الأمريكي المعجب جنسياً بطالباته المتحررات سلوكياً لم تحمل معها الكثير من المعاني العميقة، أو أن هذه القصة لا تسمح بأن يكون العمق والجمال هو الهيكل الأساس في الرواية (بحسب أسلوب كتابة فيليب روث) ورغم أن الكاتب حاول أن يزين فقرات الرواية بالتقاطات انسانية جميلة وتأملات مستمرة في أمور مختلفة مثل التاريخ والسياسة إلا أن ذلك لم يرفع من قدر الرواية بالنسبة لي.

Mar 01, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
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Yasmin ✨
I definitely did not like this book. Not very surprising though, pretty much anyone could've told you that this just isn't a book for me. But I had to read this for school, so I didn't really have a choice.

It wasn't like I hated the whole book; at times it was quite enjoyable. The writing wasn't that bad either, it's just that I couldn't stand the story. Yeah, not just the protagonist, but the whole story. I'm sorry (and like I said, these kind of books aren't for me) but it just felt like such
You see that painting of a nude woman? That's an Amedeo Modigliani painting, a character in this book sends a post card with that nude printed on it. And I, like some naive coed horny for culture, am always impressed with Professor Roth's little references. If nothing else, they get me interested in something I didn't know about (Like Milton's essays on divorce?).

He also likes to sneak in passages on obscure portions of American history. Here we have Thomas Morton, the early American colonist yo
Dec 12, 2014 Lucrezia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non è di certo il primo libro che leggo su questo argomento e nemmeno il migliore, a mio parere Marquez ha saputo fare di meglio.
Però ha qualcosa di speciale... Cosa? Non saprei dirlo bene nemmeno io...
احمد الانصارى
فيليب روث كاتب لا فكاك منه..يسير بك الى فكرته لتجد نفسك متورط مع البطل الى النهاية..امتعنى بتعرية مشاعر ابطال الحدث..وبها مشاهد و جوانب ممتعة جدا..لن اسرد الفكرة او الحدث..لاترك القارىء يستكشفه على مهل
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Philip Milton Roth is an American novelist. He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus (winner of 1960's National Book Award), cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy's Complaint, and has continued to write critically-acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman. The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and inc ...more
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