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Delta of Venus (erotica by Anais Nin) Hardcover – 1977

3.8 out of 5 stars 174 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: macmillian; book club edition edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086Y4DHS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lance C. Panzer on August 9, 2000
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Delta of Venus joyously explores the art of human sexuality. Anais Nin's writing style is at once lyrical and straightforward. While she leaves no doubt in the reader's mind just what is going on, her countless love scenes are imbued with so much warmth and dignity that one could scarcely find them offensive. But most importantly, Anais understood that sex is nothing without emotion, and it's the emotions of her myriad characters that cause the reader to turn happily florid with every page. She understood that while sex is not to be taken lightly, it's certainly not something to be restrained, either. Lastly, of all the locales depicted in this collection of stories, she lends a special affection to Paris. I suspect that of all of Anais' lovers, the City of Light was the dearest to her heart, to wit: "At five I always felt shivers of sensuality, shared with the sensual Paris. As soon as the light faded, it seemed to me that every woman I saw was running to meet her lover, that every man was running to meet his mistress." and "But we were enjoying an orgasm, as couples do in doorways and under bridges at night all over Paris."
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This is the first of Nin's works I have read. I had no idea erotica could be so exciting! I had always been turned off by it because it seems very male-centered and raunchy. Nin manages to be sensual without being crude. Her feminine style makes the text sexier. I'm definately going to read her other works. A must read for any woman.
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Apparently, Nin wrote this for a client who didn't want it to be written in a sensual ,poetic form. I thought this book was going to be sexy and steamy like the title. I was so far from it. The first story talks about a father who rapes his two daughters then rapes his son in his sleep. A girl is made to have oral sex from a dog by her husband. A gay couple, a man gets raped not enjoying the sex from his partner. A man finds a dead woman by the water and has sex with it. An exotic man makes a woman not take a shower for several days and then keeps her underwear and smells it. There was just so much bizarre situations. This book did not get better. I was so disturbed. It was so dry. I gave this horrid book away. It's so creepy.

Just stop. It's so just- no.
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Writing is authors art,and she hopes to be published and make it big someday. She does eventually enjoy great success and acclaim as an author and goes on to teach at the college level. . But in the beginning, she earns some quick cash per page for what is supposed to be hard core porn for a wealthy private collector. She suspects, and I think correctly, that the anonymous customer is actually the publisher himself, that he is not simply the middlemen at all, but the actual collector. He is lusting for porn written by a woman, from a woman's point of view, and he wants her to keep it short and to the point and "without the poetry". He stresses over and over he wants porn written by a woman but WITHOUT THE POETRY. So she used various other authors X and R rated writings for inspiration and for subject matter, and eventually compiles enough short stories to fill this book. Are you curious by now? Well I'm not going to do a spoiler here, I have said enough. I recommend you read the book :)
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With other kinds of literature, we might say that a story is successful if it entertains, if it strikes us as realistic, if we recognize ourselves and our lives in the characters and events, or any number of other characteristics. With erotica, the temptation is strong to assume that it's only successful if we read it and get horny. And with "Delta of Venus," with its intended female point of view, we might be inclined to say that it's only successful if it makes women horny.

Still, that seems an unlikely criterion. This is not sheer pornography, after all, even though Anais Nin claimed that she wrote these stories for an anonymous collector who constantly demanded more sexual content and less literary quality. Whoever the original audience was, collector of smut or otherwise, Ms. Nin at the time hung around with a group of extremely inventive and daring writers, including Henry Miller. The likelihood that she would write without at least intending to do so with quality is pretty slim. So the question remains - if the intention of these stories is at once to arouse the reader and to satisfy the author's writerly ambitions, how can we tell if they are successful in their intent? Particularly if we are a man reading erotica allegedly aimed at women? (Which is exactly what we are, by the way, in case you were wondering.)

One way in which these tales stumble is the odd and very noticeable tendency to refer to body parts in the abstract. Surprisingly often, a character will be looking at or touching the body of another, and the narrative will refer to "the breasts" or "the hair", not to mention "the" other things. I found this a little surprising.
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Very similar to "Little Birds." Starts out a little slow, but then picks up speed.

We're told Nin, who supposedly is the Western world's first woman p0rn writer, wrote her erotic short stories on contract for a customer who craved "more sex; less poetry." Tastes and sensibilities have changed, but "Delta of Venus" and "Little Birds" are still affecting. Interestingly, Nin can get away with violating Amazon's guidelines inveighing against rape, incest, underage sex, and the like; presumably those of us with lesser fame cannot.
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