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The Professor Of Desire by Philip Roth
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Sep 21, 08

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The second volume in Roth's Kepesh trilogy didn't really move me as much as I would have hoped. David Kepesh spends much of his youth studying literature and frolicking with women, then settles down and gets married, then gets divorced, then falls in with a schoolteacher and starts to build a life, only to catch a glimpse of the fleeting nature of his affection. The novel ends with a bunch of nostalgic backwards-looking that I found stilted (though effusiveness certainly wasn't what I was looking for). Maybe it's because nostalgia was a bad habit for me until a decade ago. I don't know. I don't know what I'm talking about right now. I'm so zapped on cold medicine I can barely see straight. So if you really give a damn what I thought about this book, check back later and maybe I'll do a better job. I'm going to bed.

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