The dying animal 2001 is a short novel by the us writer philip rothit tells the story of senior literature professor david kepesh renowned for his literature themed radio show kepesh is finally destroyed by his inability to comprehend emotional commitment. In the dying animal roth explores what happens to kepesh after he loses his detachment and in an intensely physical but still distant fashion becomes emotionally involved with a beautiful young woman eventually he must choose between survival and detachment or the consequences of responsible love. While not his greatest work philip roths a dying animal is a highly readable and entertaining story of roths alter ego david kapesh and his various affairs as a septuagenarian ex professor. Philip roths texts especially the dying animal are way ahead of me 16 years old but i secretly picked up this gem it is shocking disturbing at times and extremely sexual in nature but all the more savorful. The dying animal philip roth 176pp jonathan cape 1299 as philip roth nears 70 it is apparent that his lifes work is the history of the male psyche from childhood to old age
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