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Making Love: An Erotic Odyssey Hardcover – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671892274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671892272
  • ASIN: 0671782274
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"I'm talking about the part of relationships no one ever talks about," asserts the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb --and the ghostwriter of two sex manuals--near the beginning of this detailed erotic history. By the end, readers may support that conventional reticence: the twice-married author ("I've slept with 11 women . . . five of them only once") concludes with a relentlessly observed record of the sex enjoyed--and not--with his current long-term lover, identified as G---; he goes so far as to note changes in the color of her genitals. More engaging are Rhodes's recollections of his sexual coming-of-age, from his earliest autoerotic experiences through those (both solitary and with a boy) at the farm school where he spent most of his youth, to his losing his virginity with a prostitute while a freshman at Yale. His connecting of favored sexual fantasies and marathon masturbating sessions with circumstances of his childhood is intelligent and convincing. Rhodes finally acknowledges, with G---'s help, that his desire to arouse her to multiple orgasms had more to do with exercising power than with making love.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Following A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood ( LJ 9/1/90), Rhodes offers a remarkably frank case study of the most intimate personal experiences: his own sexual life. Opening with losing his virginity, he chronicles his first sexual experience, masturbation techniques, fantasies, use of pornography, and his work with ESO (extended sexual orgasm) and ends with his relationship with G--. Emphasizing the "verity" of everything in the book, Rhodes offers explicit descriptions that may titillate some readers and shock others. This well-written, if sometimes self-indulgent, volume provocatively and perceptively provides one perspective on male heterosexuality. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/92.
-James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary Esterhammer-Fic VINE VOICE on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Richard Rhodes thinks about sex--a lot! (Well, who doesn't?) This book is one-of-a-kind in that it is an in-depth, thoughtful and frank essay on everyone's favorite topic, and it doesn't veer into the pornographic or the clinical.
In the hands of a less-skilled writer, this book could have become silly or creepy. Rhodes, though, doesn't shy away from observations that put his most intimate experiences under a microscope. This is not a gossipy book; it's a sincere exploration of sensuality.
His first sexual encounter, masturbation, issues of sexual identity: it is all here. Rhodes doesn't exploit these subjects, and he doesn't offer them for the reader's approval. Instead, he describes his sexual history in the context of his life, which has had its ups and downs. It's a pretty brave book.
The most shocking part, to me, was not what he did sexually, but the fact that his daughter commented on it, which means she has read it! Well, I guess she is under no illusions that her parents were Rob & Laura Petrie!
I'd like to see a book of this calibre told from a woman's perspective.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
In connection with preparing to run a conference on sexuality, I have read a number of books in the area, ranging from scholarly to popular relational junk. This is one of the most honest, open and best-crafted books in the area, by a brilliant writer who cares and thinks about what he feels, who he is and why, and explores what it is to be a man who wants both the deepest intimacy in his personal relationships and is also completely turned on by just plain old mind-bending sex, but knows that's nothing to be ashamed of. I understand Rhodes got a lot of criticism for writing this book; instead, he should be praised to the heavens for his bravery. I think it's a terrible thing that it has gone out of print.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1995
Format: Paperback
Very frank and open discussion of the author's sexual history.
Especially helpful for male readers.
First 2/3's is the best.
Highly recommend this book if you are not offended by
frank discussions about sexual preferences and behavior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on March 18, 2013
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Richard Rhodes asks difficult questions and explores the truth--in this case, the truth about his own experiences with sex and intimacy throughout his life.

Rhodes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who isn't afraid to share his private sexual life with us--not to brag, but to say it's okay to look at the truth, and it's something many of us should do. It's okay to look candidly at past experiences and to be honest about our needs and wants, from masturbation and oral sex to finding a life-partner with whom we can grow sexually. Yes, there are details, but a non-fiction book like this demands the details--we need to know what Rhodes experienced, and how it affected him and those with whom he shared intimacy.

Rhodes' vividly told journey of self-discovery provides a pathway, showing us by example how to look at our own intimate lives and histories. Through Rhodes' own experience, we also begin to see that sex and intimacy are part of our own truth; our own identity. Every touch affects us, and leads us further along a path toward understanding, fulfillment, and deeper intimacy.

At the end of Rhodes' journey, we are left asking what our own sex lives say about us, what we want and don't want, what we've been through, and what we wish to discover. I recommend that both men and women take a little time to read this book (it's a riveting, quick read) as it could change your relationships, your choices, and your self-understanding. Highly worthwhile.
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For me, this is an amazing book. When he does find someone who wants to explore bodily love-making, it is a dream come true for anyone who ever imagined or fantasized this kind of relationship. I wish I had read it years ago when I had the physical ability to pursue genuine lovemaking with a partner who is also interested.
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