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Around the World in 80 Lays: Adventures in Sex Travel Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 5, 2009
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"I've never been to Rio, but if I went I wouldn't be caught dead going there without Joe's book." Ron Jeremy
"A male travelogue of sorts . . . takes readers to brothels and other sex destinations around the globe, including Brazil, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic." Publisher's Weekly
"Full of adventures as a sex tourist . . . anecdotes, tips, and no small share of hearbreak." Fleshbot.com
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As the title suggests, the book has anecdotes that would make Howard Stern blush. One girl threatens to slice off Joe's manhood if he doesn't do her immediately, while another runs out of his hotel room with his money, causing him to chase her across a parking lot in his underwear. The book ties in these overseas capers with the author's experiences as a journalist covering the adult industry. Among his assignments was an especially juicy story with a porn starlet named Brittney Skye.
In addition to the racy stories, the book gives a sense of what some of the sex havens are like. In Brazil, "you'll find brothels in shopping malls, across the street from churces, and next door to banks." Let me explain that I have as little interest in having sex with South American hookers after reading the book as I did before, but I'm dying to go to Rio de Janeiro and see if it's really as wild as Joe describes it.
While I really enjoyed this book, at times the details seemed dry or overly "technical." Joe devotes a little too much space to the rules and regulations at some brothels. Also, I would have liked to know more about the women. How did they become sex workers? What happens to them afterwards? Maybe Joe can explore those questions in his next book.
stars. Diamond writes with a zest and panache that I found irresistible. The
closest parallel I can think of is Neal Strauss's "The Game," another book
that indelibly captured a subculture of dedicated hedonists. The difference
is that the men in "Around the World in 80 Lays" "seduce" (if you can call
it that) with money.
What I really found intriguing, though, is how Diamond shatters
well-established myths. Amsterdam, for example, has long been considered
Europe's sex capital. But apparently Germany's the place to be. It's home to
a slew of "pay-one-price" brothels called "partytreffs" where "you can stay
as long as you want" and screw as many girls as you like (not to mention eat
and drink to your heart's content).
Diamond weaves fascinating historical facts into the book without sounding
like the History Channel. For example, he writes about a huge statue of a
prostitute in Germany meant to commemorate a medieval religious conference
where 1,500 courtesans were on hand to "serve the secular needs of the
attendees." He also shares juicy tidbits about the Nazis (and later the
communists) using hookers as bait to get foreign diplomats to spill secrets
during "pillow talk."
A sex traveler calling himself Jackyo reveals to Diamond that he's slept
with nearly 400 German prostitutes. He says some of Germany's brothels
aren't "for the fainthearted" because everyone has sex right out in the
open. One club erupts into hourly gang bangs. "The women would all find a
partner and the whole group would do it right there on the spot. If there
was a surplus of women, two of them would do one dude.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unless you spend your vacations searching for hookers, don't waste your money on this book.Published 3 months ago by Williamsburg Dave
I picked this book up because I was curious about what exactly a sex tourist does. I was not disappointed when I read it through, the author writes about his own and others travels... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Lewis Woolston
Ok, this is my first revue of a book ever, and, since I was so disappointed by my $25.00 purchase, I figured that bought me the right to gripe a bit. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by E slate williams
I loved this book. Women should read this book. So much better than that, 50 Shades of Grey. I thought it was going to be more about sexual encounters, but it is more like a... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I thought this book was a well written travel story. For me it was worth buying and reading it. It was an easy, quick read. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Jack
This was a great book. I had the pleasure of reading it while on a train trip and I could not put the book down until I was finished. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by majesticlibra
This book focuses on brazil sex tourism mostly. My brother went there and he read the book and said a lot of the stuff in there was widely known and you would have figured out... Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by vforvagabond