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THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE is a novel published in 1977.

David Kepesh is a professor of literature obsessed by the idea of Desire, in novels as well as in his own personal life. Just after his college years, he enjoyed in Europe, in the company of two swedish girls, all the degrees of a free sexuality. As a young professor, he met a blonde beauty with a mysterious past spent in Asia and married her. But the desire slowly died and a depressive divorced Kepesh began a years long psychanalysis. Will he be ready to accept the fact that Desire cannot last forever on the day he makes the acquaintance of the perfect woman for him ?
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As usual with Philip Roth, witty and terribly accurate.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love Life of a profession:    -   teacher Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   orgies    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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