David Kepesh is a white haired and over sixty, an eminent TV culture critic and star lecturer at a New York college, when he meets Consuela Castillo, a decorous, well-mannered student of twenty-four, the daughter of wealthy Cuban exiles, who promptly puts his life into erotic disorder and haunts him for the next eight years. Since the sexual revolution of the 1960's freed him from his wife and chi...
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage Books; First Printing edition (October 1, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
Amazon Rank: 776528
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I greatly enjoyed the main character. It reads more as an inner monologue than a novel - almost at times like an essay or even a lecture, which makes sense, given the narrator's profession. Other characters are primarily props in his lesson - introdu...
has experimented with living what he calls an emancipated manhood beyond the reach of family or a mate. Over the years, he had refined that exuberant decade of protest and licence into an orderly way of life in which he is both unimpeded in the world of Eros and studiously devoted to his aesthetic pursuits. But the youth and beauty of this newly hatched woman a masterpiece as Kepesh describes Consuela, of 'volupte' - undo him completely. His worldliness, his confidence, his reason desert him, and on the brink of old age, a maddening sexual possessiveness transports him to the depths of deforming jealousy. The lighthearted erotic tale with which he began evolves into a poignant, tragic story of love and loss.