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Spy In House Of Love: V4 In Nin'S Continuous Novel (Vol IV) Paperback – Unabridged, January 1, 1959
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A Spy in the House of Love is all about a woman named Sabina and her life as she flows or rather drifts from one lustful experience to another. She lies, she deceives, she puts on an act only never to find solace in places where she looks for the most - in the arms of strangers but her own husband Alan.
My feelings ranged like tidal waves while devouring this book. I felt like a thief hiding a secret and at the same time felt so connected with my emotions and responses to what my body demanded.
Sabina as a character is so quite that sometimes her silence speaks volumes. The way she moves, the way Ms. Nin breathes life into her is absolutely a piece of art. Rising from the ashes and yet unforgiven. A true to life caricature of what desires can do and their power on our mortal lives.
Sabina has memories of past loves, past adventures, past meetings but so current feeling of who she is. She is a name. She has a husband who loves her dearly but she is constantly running from him looking for love among her artist friends. There is also clearly a strong note of autobiography in the last third of the book where Sabina meets up with the artist's enclave in New York and that gives this otherwise sensuous tale a note of sadness.
There's no doubt that Anais's unique style, insights, and sense of description all appear in this work, but I think she left out the nitty gritty. She's capable of more. If nothing else, I'd love to see the book about 3 times or more this tiny length, enough space to really delve into Sabina's character, how she got to her breaking point, why she even chose that path in life.
For others considering reading "A Spy in the House of Love," I do recommend it as a unique look into the mind of a woman who's found herself leading separate lives for a single reason, who's in search of a happiness that alludes her, and never finds reason to really be herself, all of herself, at any one point in her life. The book is a psychological slice of a person...a person most of us are at one point in our lives as we seek to be our true selves in every moment, a lot of us never even reaching that point of complete freedom.
Anais also writes of the lure of sex, the psychological reasons why one may seek it out in any way possible, but the book isn't explicit in detail. That's left up to the reader's imagination as Anais only gives us the psychological details. There are many great insights here, most previously untold, but Anais is (was) capable of so much more. Looks like I'll have to turn back to her diaries for that.
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The book was in poor condition, looked like it was lifted from a library, not the edition pictured, and no dust jacket. However, the content is a good read.Published 6 months ago by clc376
Beautifully written, poetic outlook on a confused woman's life. Anais is my favorite author, she has a way of writing that nobody else can achieve. One of my favorite books.Published 6 months ago by Anna
A review of A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE by Anais Nin
A Spy in the House of Love (1959) is the beautifully poetic expression of a desire that is seldom acknowledged. Read more
Anais Nin, the queen of "transmutation," is perfect for Kindle! She would love that she moved into the digital age, as this is a book about transmutation. Fantastic.Published 14 months ago by bookkitten
This is a sexy, sensual novel about the complicated nature of love and lust. The fact that it is based on Anais Nin's life makes it all the more spicy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anne-Marie
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It’s hard to judge this book by modern expectations because of the... Read more
It could have been interesting to see sexual behavior from a woman's point of view, but she was writing for men and trying to put it from a man's point of view.Published 23 months ago by Bruce Ferguson