Review: The Breast

“For all that I announce at intervals that I want to go mad, it is apparently impossible: beyond me, beneath me. It took This for me to learn that I am a citadel of sanity.”
Philip Roth, The Breast

The Book: The Breast by Philip Roth

A narrative of transformation as one professor, used to dealing with the very mundane of days that then transforms to a giant breast. The story is preposterous, strange and offers a very differing perspective on some of the key topics of humanity as the main character begins to real learn his soul in the realm of sexuality and its take on his identity.

The Author: 

Roth’s work famously blurs the line between reality and fiction. A lot of his work enjoys playing with sexual content and using it as a perspective to explore humanity. Born in New Jersey 1933. His first novel ‘Goodbye’ became famous in 1960 and won several literary rewards and became the gateway for his writing career.

The Review: 

An epic tale of metamorphosis that debases humanity back to one of its most basic instincts and rivals it with the power of thought, concept and perspective. Humorous and not without great literary roots; it has often been compared to the Kafka. Sensual and abstract, this book deals greatly on the fine line of objectivity and subjectivity, embracing the weird and the wonderful and offering great insight on the inner libido of man and what we may all become when stripped back to our sexual infancy.

Roth explores through metaphor of physical transformation the inner desires lying within us all; so potent and manifested that we are all literally giant organs. This book captures my own essence of play and uses subtle imagery and provocative language to catch a far more obscure and vague idea that otherwise would be hard to grasp; however Roth’s use of language and storytelling makes it a shared idea we can all engage with and explore.


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