The main story at the centre of this book, The Body, explores the nature of identity and self-worth. Can an aging playwright find happiness by taking on the body of a young man? This is a classic old-fashioned medical horror story and, once you have suspended your belief over the science, you will be drawn in to a vision of the world that is frightening and repulsive but not so far removed from the image-conscious world we live in now.
Every body is different, but all are identical in their uncontrollability: bodies do various involuntary things, like crying, sneezing, urinating, growing or becoming sexually excited. You soon find that bodies can get very attracted and repelled by other bodies, even - or particularly - when they don't want to.