- 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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Delta of Venus (erotica by Anais Nin) Hardcover – 1977
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Just stop. It's so just- no.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a must read for all the 'would be' erotica writers! Anais writes with such fire! Simply superb!Published 6 months ago by The all mighty one
Picked this up at a library book sale thinking it was going to be erotic ADULT oriented stories with class and sex appeal. Wow, was I wrong. Read morePublished 6 months ago by artist91
Not as explicit as you would like. Explicit then was not the same as it is today. I saw the movie 'Henry' and wanted to see her writing.Published 6 months ago by Jim
I was looking for a hot read but this was nothing but a bunch of incest I don't know why this trash is even out there. Would give it 0 stars if I couldPublished 8 months ago by Kimberly T. Croteau