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El animal moribundo

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  9,164 ratings  ·  804 reviews
En esta novela de 2001, Roth retoma al personaje de David Kepesh (El pecho y El profesor del deseo). Kepesh tiene aquí ya más de sesenta años, es un eminente crítico televisivo y uno de los catedráticos estrella en una universidad neoyorquina cuando conoce a Consuela Castillo, una atractivísima estudiante de veinticuatro, de modales refinados e hija de un matrimonio de ric ...more
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Published October 13th 2011 by DEBOLS!LLO (first published May 18th 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.
RIP (1933-2018). One of America's literary giants has left us.
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 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
Dec 21, 2013 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.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us, fiction, 21-ce
I’d like to know who else among today’s writers has produced anything even remotely like this brilliantly articulate inquiry into desire and mortality? The only books I can think of are The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera—but that was mostly about Eros, not Thanatos—and Sophie’s Choice; the latter arguably concerned both, but its theme is far more death-centric, and the sex isn’t so much sybaritic as it is the briefest of respites from madness and genocide. And both my examples ar ...more
Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
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
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorties
"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 s
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
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 2018, fiction
“The only obsession everyone wants: 'love.' People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you're whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You're whole, and then you're cracked open.”
― Philip Roth, The Dying Animal


The Dying Animal is the last instalment of Roth's David Kepesh novels. Isn't top-shelf Roth (American Trilogy), but isn't bad either. Of the Kepesh novels, I think it ranks above The Breast (think 36D
Jan Rice
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Civilization and Its Discontents
The aging protagonist is proclaiming the unworkability of marriage for the male of the species, just as unworkable as for a gay man forced into a heterosexual marriage. In consequence, he ended his marriage years before. Now he has the pick of his female students. Being as it's the '90s, he has to sidestep new impediments by waiting until the young lady of the year becomes his former student.

He celebrates the 1960s sexual revolution as a great boon, even for olde
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Oct 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2013 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.

Samir Rawas Sarayji
Old professor obsessed with fucking young girls and ogling their breasts. And describing their breasts. And some other disturbing scenes-everyone has a fetish, to each their own, I just don’t necessarily want to ever have the image of a guy licking menstrual blood off a woman’s legs... oh shit! Too late. And now you have it too. I have to say though that the writing is quite elegant, and it’s a quick read. I think this one is for real Roth fans, which I don’t yet know if I am, and based on the m ...more
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
Christopher Sworen
“Now, I’m very vulnerable to female beauty, as you know. Everybody’s defenseless against something, and that’s it for me. I see it and it blinds me to everything else.”

The Dying Animal is a 2001 novel by Philip Roth. It is the third installment in the David Kepesh series.

David Kepesh is a sixty-two-year-old lecturer at a New York college, who is known for having affairs with his female students. However, he initiates the relationships only after the final grades. One of those students wa
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another Roth novel about an aging literary perv, prof David Kapesh, a hyperarticulate dirty old man really, who not only wants to sleep with every pretty young thing that moves, but also choke-goldenshower-face-fuck em, ideally the ones that are his college students.

Though this book is basically trite rubbish, I enjoyed certain aspects of it. (It’s short for one thing, and moves at a great clip for another.) Roth gives a very interesting and insightful analysis of the ‘sexual libera
Aug 06, 2009 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 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
robin friedman
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dying Animal

Near the middle of Philip Roth's short novel, "The Dying Animal" (2001), the aging narrator, David Kepesh, engages in a lengthy reflection on the American sexual revolution of the 1960's. Kepesh turns to early colonial history as he describes the early Puritan settlers in Massachusetts and their conflict with one of their number, a settler named Thomas Morton. At a place called Merry Mount, Morton established a libertine community where, apparently, sexuality well outside the bou
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was brilliant until the last part with the cancer. It ruin the masterpiece and made it just another sad story. And until then the word "brests" was okay and not so irritating.
And no, I don't feel him being sexist.
Love Roth's writing, but not all that he has written.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose-fiction
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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
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I had asked her if she would take off her clothes and let me look at her while I played the Mozart Sonata in C Minor, and she obliged."

I'm not sure but I have a feeling any post-American Pastoral era Philip Roth borders on self-parody. For sure, The Dying Animal doesn't just border on self-parody, it crosses the border, marries someone for full citizenship, and establishes a thriving quilt business in it. You couldn't do better if you won a round of "Philip Roth Stereotype Bingo." The old, whit
Sep 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Snobs who want to say they've read Roth
Ok, sort of read it. Got about 30 pages in and could not go any further.
I don't understand why Philip Roth is so popular. He's even been considered for Nobel a few times. Huh?
The most pervasive question I asked myself during the first and very tediously self-righteous 30 pages was whether or not Roth believes himself to be the heir-apparent to Norman Mailer, a comparison I've heard in passing. The primary problem being with that lofty simile is that talking about sex, your prostrate penis and w
Tracy Towley
Right after I finished this book I watched Elegy, which is a movie based on the book. I'd say you could skip the book and go straight to the DVD.

It's not that I didn't enjoy it. I just don't know that I would have enjoyed it if I didn't know as much about Roth's background as I do. Because you see, it was based directly on a situation in his life.

That situation is basically that he's an old man but he still loves the young ladies. He is a professor at a major university, sets his sites on a Cuba
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"– I secretly wanted to be Janie. She was this sexual revolutionary in the book. And my brain did a somersault when I identified with her. But that’s what was thrilling. You can bask in these hypothetical scenarios and yet come back to reality – but what is your reality really? What you want to be, what you are, what you fear, what you desire, or most importantly, what you hide… It will make you laugh – not because it’s funny, but because that will be your response to ignoring the seriousness of ...more
Zachary Karabashliev
One of my favorites ever. What a pleasure to "experience" a true master - Philip Roth - at work. :) ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I started reading him -- or at least before I started reading him in earnest, following two books in early twenties which I subsequently forgot almost entirely (my failing, not Roth's) and what I considered a requisite perusal of The Plot Against America in advance of the 2016 election -- this is essentially what I had envisioned as the Plantonic ideal of a Philip Roth novel: an older academic and his younger paramour, prose of great erudition and insight, a smattering of prurient detail, ...more
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