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The Professor Of Desire by Philip Roth
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Jul 16, 2008

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I don't understand the difference between "chick lit" and this. Boys write about love and sex and their relationships with their mothers just as much as all these modern day female authors who have to suffer the indignities of having their debut novel plastered with baby blue or pink illustrations and dumped into the Chick Lit ghetto at Barnes & Noble.

Roth's character David Kepesh is totally solipsistic, lovelorn and arrogant. This bordered on parody. "Jewish New York intellectual rants about his series of doomed affairs with gorgeous goys."

The only redeeming segments were the fleeting ones wherein Roth's character recollects his parents' travails and the another, late in the book, where we meet an elderly friend of his newly widowed father, a survivor of the Holocaust, whose gratitude to those around him is heartbreaking.
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message 1: by Richard (last edited Aug 24, 2009 08:57PM) (new)

Richard I agree. Soft porn for men. Which is redundant I guess.

message 2: by Σς (new) - rated it 1 star

Σς Good call.

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