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The Sexual Life of Lou Epstein: Fact and Fiction Lou Epstein is a sexually frustrated, fifty-nine year old, Jewish man who wants to live vicariously through the sexual escapades of his daughter and nephew. Epstein yearns to be young and sexual active despite his age, frailty, and nonexistent sexual life with his wife. Through his years of marriage to Goldie, Epstein has witnessed the diminishment of his sex life. He reflects on this reality by observing his wife who is readying herself for bed: “Ten minutes before she had undressed and he had watched as she dropped her white nightdress over her head, over the breasts which had funneled down to her middle, over the behind like a bellows, the thighs and calves veined blue like a roadmap” (Roth 203-4). Due to his dwindling sex life with his wife, Epstein craves his nephew’s dashing good- looks and sexuality in order to rekindle his own. He describes Michael’s appearance as having “the small bump in the nose, the strong chin, dark skin, and shock of shiny black hair” (205).
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course EXP 101 taught by Professor Finklestein during the Spring '08 term at Bentley.

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