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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (February 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156029049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156029049
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR LITTLE BIRDS
"[It is] so distinct an advance in the depiction of female sensuality that I felt, on reading it, enormous gratitude."-Alice Walker

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"One of contemporary literature's most important writers."-Newsweek

Anaïs Nin explores passion in all its forms, from two strangers on a moonlit Normandy beach to a woman's sudden fulfillment at a public hanging. Evocative, compelling, superbly erotic, Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality.

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she was the author of several novels, short stories, critical studies, a collection of essays, two volumes of erotica, and nine published volumes of her Diary.

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Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she wrote primarily fiction until 1964, when her last novel, Collages, was published. She wrote The House of Incest, a prose-poem (1936), three novellas collected in The Winter of Artifice (1939), short stories collected in Under a Glass Bell (1944), and a five-volume continuous novel consisting of Ladders to Fire (1946), Children of the Albatross (1947), The Four-Chambered Heart (1950), A Spy in the House of Love (1954), and Seduction of the Minotaur (1961). These novels were collected as Cities of the Interior (1974). She gained commercial and critical success with the publication of the first volume of her diary (1966); to date, fifteen diary volumes have been published. Her most commercially successful books were her erotica published as Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979). Today, her books are appearing digitally, most notably The Portable Anaïs Nin (2011).

Customer Reviews

She makes you feel what her characters are feeling.
Impurity
This is a very compelling collection of short erotic stories.
Robert Ortiz
I just wasn't in love with enough to even finish it.
M. Brosh

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Julie M Haines on April 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by saying that I had not previously read Nin before, but was recommended to it. I was familiar with the works of Pauline Reage - but this took my breath away. Where Reage is dark and desparate, and a victim to her passion(obsession?), Nin rejoices in the tastessightssmellssensations of pleasure with the soul of an artist and a gourmet. There is a wealth of emotion here - If anyone is confused about the difference between pornography and erotica, this will set them straight. Erotica is literature, and transcends the purely physical. This is as much an arousal of the mind as of the body. Men especially need to read more works of this type if they are looking for a deeper understanding of how women think and feel about sex.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Little Old Me on April 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
So, I feel like I'm having a love affair with Anais Nin.

Its a shame really - to fall in love with a writer passed away three years before I was born. Our connection is very much abstract, but I must admit, its a very profitable two-way relationship and she's very generous. She gives me intrigue, inspiration and a close eye look at the wonders of female anatomy intertwined with history and social commentary. And I give her the attention she deserves, a very open mind to her characters and enough admiration that would keep anyone satisfied for a lifetime.

But its through her erotica that our relationship really thrives and I can thank her short story collection, LITTLE BIRDS, for properly introducing us.

Nin stories talk about the sexual frustrations of men and the rebellious women who realized their own sexuality in times where women were seen as modest and only the objects of desire. Her vignettes are short and precise but still give great detail of one's desires for what they cannot truly have. In a way, these stories feel like her own exhibitionism, mildly talking about a woman's enthrallment with their own bodies and their need to be pleased by more than just a husband figure. Though these ideas don't seem revolutionary by today's standards, Nin acts almost like a historian, painting the progression of women's erotic status: Nude models toy with their artists, women seduce each other in spite of the men and little girls flee from an over-eager gentleman. I

In one story, "The Woman on the Dunes", a voluptuous temptress seduces a nervous man on the beach. Afterwards, she tells him about her experience witnessing a public execution, only to be raptured by a stranger standing behind her in the crowds.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mari on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I adore this book. It's really erotic, but tasteful and refined; it also is cleverly written and sensual, so much that you'll be transported into the stories. I didn't like two of the tales at all, but if you leave them out, this is a very good book. I also reccomend Anais Nin's diary.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Little Birds is far from Nin's best. The stories stop short of true eroticism by leaving the reader abrubtly cut off at the end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ortiz on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very compelling collection of short erotic stories. Anais Nin does an excellent job of pulling the reader in and captivating them with descriptive and sensual imagery. A highly recommended collection! Also recommended is "Delta of Venus".
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tanja L. Walker on June 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Little Birds" was my first foray into the world of Anais Nin. I haven't decided, after reading this, whether I like this or not. On one hand, I love her use of the English language, her spare style, her sense of character and story-telling. On the other hand, too many of the stories presented here ended abruptly, with no real sense of resolution or how the characters got from point A to point B. The most glaring example is in the story "The Model," in which we get detailed descriptions of the narrator's first two would-be lovers, but almost nothing about the third guy. Flaws aside, this little volume is probably the best way to get acquainted with Nin without investing too much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Brosh on May 14, 2012
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I purchased this book in paper format probably 20 years ago and really enjoyed it. However, when I bought it again recently, it wasn't as I remembered it and in fact some of the stories were a little disturbing. (The first story, Little Birds, is about a pedophile although at least it isn't violent the way some recently published novels have become).

Some have loved this book and I may just be missing something because my tastes have changed over the years. I just wasn't in love with enough to even finish it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on April 4, 2004
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Having read Delta of Venus, I couldn't wait to read another Anais Nin book. Little Birds is the follow-up to Venus. Again, Nin captures your intellect as well as your senses with her dark, lurid and erotic stories. "The Model" is my favorite vignette. Stories that center on painters of nude men and women and their models are always insatiable. This one, of course, is not an exception. I must point out, however, that this effort does not exceed Delta of Venus. The first collection is far more memorable than this one. Even so, Anais Nin explores female desires with unflinching clarity. Little Birds is a true masterpiece written by a woman for women. What beautiful effort! I shall read more of her work in the future...
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