David Kepesh is your banal sortof character. He isn’t anyone interesting in his world and he lives a prettybanal life. And the banality of it all is that he loves women and he loves sexand he uses them both for his own personal pleasure. He is a professor in theHumanities Department at a local university. And his life is pretty much goingthrough the same straight line of old habits and everyday rituals. That is,until one day, when a tingle in his groin gives him warning that somethingstrange is happening to his body. His banal world is turned upside down when hewakes up to see he is now the symbol of maternal and sexual connotation. He is,“of a spongy consistency,” a 105 pound breast. In a twisted version of FranzKafka’s The Metamorphosis, PhilipRoth’s novella, The Breast, is thestory of one man’s suffering through his days as a giant breast. David Kepeshis left wounded and alone, longing for compassion, as doctors start studyinghim—or are they displaying him to the public world?—and lovers are now merestrangers trying to stand by his side. He wants the old life back, longing forthe days when he was the playboy of the university. But will he ever return to his normal state?Or shall he live and die as the object of his lust?The Breast is one of three books following the life of David Kepesh(The Dying Animal and The Professor of Desire) by the renownwriter, Philip Roth—author of Goodbye,Columbus (1959) and Portnoy’sCompliant (1969). Philip Roth’s style of writing draws in the reader byproviding normal everyday life and then giving it the twist of a fictionalworld, creating a sphere where readers can lose themselves inside his words.