Clockwise counting 10/50: Philip Roth - The Breast (1972) This is Roth's shortest novel, more like a novella actually, and it's on the list of the 1001 you should read (2006 edition only). The story is a modern version of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Our main character, university professor David Kepesh, does not suddenly wake up and find himself turned into Kafka's beetle but instead transforms into a 155 pound gigantic breast. It is a funny story with Freudian overtones and existential questions. Although it has been hailed as one of Roth's best books, I have difficulties taking it seriously. It seems I am now aiming to read everything by Philip Roth but it will take time, he has been a very productive writer who has maintained an exceptionally high standard over 5 decades.