|Plot Summary of The Dying Animal|
|"David Kepesh is in his sixties, a professor at a New York college and TV culture critic when he becomes sexually obsessed with 24-year-old Consuela Castillo, the daughter of wealthy Cuban immigrants. He relates the course of their strange, 18-month relationship as well as referring briefly to earlier times of his life: his short, conventional 1950s marriage (long ended); his rotten relationship with his 42-year-old son; the way he went along permanently with the sexual revolution after coeds showed him the way. Roth's 2001 meditation on eros versus thanatos seems a little slim and schematic after his huge American Pastoral trilogy."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Dying Animal|
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Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- seduction (yum!)
- boatload of casual sex without love
Life of a profession:
Family, struggle with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Taboo sex story?
- much younger/older
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 1 ()
- New York
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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