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The Carnal Prayer Mat (Wordsworth Classic Erotica) Paperback – December, 1999

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  • Series: Wordsworth Classic Erotica
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853266086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853266089
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,738,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A humoristic, erotic story from ancient China. A young man wants to become a student of a Buddhist teacher. But not quite yet, first he wants to have lots of sex.

The book is a moral lesson that shows how his plan only leads to a lot of misfortune, as the teacher predicted. Of course it's possible that the religious morality was only added to give an excuse to write a few hundred pages of sex scenes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 29, 2005
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Our hero, the Before Midnight Scholar, starts life as a serious student and novitiate monk. Someone convinces him that he should sample the worldly pleasures if he is to renounce them with full knowledge, ...

BMS starts by claiming a beautiful, cloistered young woman from her overbearing father. Despite initial difficulty, he shows her the pleasure of the marriage bed. At first barely dutiful, she becomes a very avid player. He dumps her unceremoniously at that point, and sets out to plant his flag, so to speak, in as many other lands as he can.

Early on, though, he discovers that his flagpole is more of a toothpick than mighty staff, and any woman with any experience would laugh him out of the boudoir. Only naivete allowed his first wife to enjoy so tiny a morsel of masculinity, when others would surely want more of a meal. That problem is cured by a traveling medicine man, whose descendants today flood the internet with the word 'BIGGER!' After a final fling with his catamite, he undergoes the surgery and begins a three-year debauch. He works his way through various seductions up to foursomes with a family of lovely ladies.

Despite his BIGGER features, one wonders what a modern woman would see in his technique. His idea of foreplay seems to consist of the words "open up." Perhaps fortunately, the women (the prayer mats on whom he devotionally prostrated himself) seemed not to know any better either.

The end of the book takes on a properly moralistic tone, where all his evils come to roost - largely on the people around him. That poor first wife, more wronged than wrong herself, is driven to suicide. His twin daughters mysteriously die. He mutilates himself, turning BIGGER into 'gone.
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