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The Dying Animal by Philip Roth
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Aug 06, 09

Read in July, 2009

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 blatant Freudian castration anxiety. It's like Humbert Humbert shat himself and tried to write a passionate novel about something he didn't really care about. At no point do the characters really connect, not even through their personal fears of sex and death or through their privileged backgrounds. If sex and death can't save your dying animal of a novel, nothing can. If you have to read something this dispassionate, pick up an outdated sexist textbook for free-ninety-nine and save yourself the pain and the eight euros I was stupid enough to spend.
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message 1: by clay (new)

clay Exactly! Well said.


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