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The Sensuous Dirty Old Man Hardcover – January 1, 1971


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  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; First Edition edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802703631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802703637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fun book and will give many hours of fun and encouragement.
Dale E. Payne
The book is a guide book for the young and old alike, the male and female (but mostly male).
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It would be a great book club discussion book if you could still get copies.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Eolake on October 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A couple of weeks ago I finally got hold of something I had been looking for since a year ago, a book you wouldn't believe: "The Sensuous Dirty Old Man", by Isaac Asimov (writing as "Dr. A").
Like I said, you wouldn't believe it. One of the people who had recommended the book to me thought that my web site ...was inspired by it, and I don't blame him. It is written almost 30 years ago, and it is philosophically so similar to DOMAI.com that I was shocked, but very pleasantly so.
Isaac Asimov was one of our great authors, and had published over 400 books on science, science fiction, and numerous other subjects. He was a respected scientist and the president of Mensa. The Sensuous Dirty Old Man is a small book, out of print unfortunately, and it is not only a sane and wonderful look on being a DOM, but also funny as heck.
The book describes how Dirty Old Manhood is something high and honourable that one should aspire to, in order not to become that pitiful creature, the Clean Old Man (like for example president Nixon).
It does take courage, sensitivity, and a lot of practice, but with enough intention and hard work, one might become a Dirty Old Man at a very young age.
The very famous quote: "Sex is dirty, if you do it right" is from this book.
Asimov tells us that the most important tool the Dirty Old Man has is his eyes. Eyes are for use. When you look at a woman with a brief, stolen glance, you are insulting her beauty. He says: "Don't peep at girls, STARE!"
A Dirty Old Man is far more attractive to women than young men, because of his sophistication and experience, his wisdom and his honesty.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By rareoopdvds VINE VOICE on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book at a used book store on a whim because of its quirky title and even more amusing was the authors name who was attached to it. Something was not right, so I was curious to check it out. I began reading (like all my books) and soon discovered the hilarity and wit that Dr. Issac Asimov can convey. From what I understand from talking to some films is that Dr. A was indeed a Drity Old Man. The book is a guide book for the young and old alike, the male and female (but mostly male). It acts as a handbook for the pickup artist. To ogle at women with a smile. To take your hand off her knee if she asks, and to put it on her thigh. Clever and indeed insightful, even if its all tongue-in-cheek. Dr. A., and his photographic memory of quoting some wacky moments of history past is just perfect for the confidence level that one places when seeing a hot broad strutting down the street. Afterall, if she is showing cleavage, should not men look at it? What else should we do? As it states: "Don't peep at girls - STARE!" Other anecdotes to those who are inferier to approaching good looking women are those with morals. "Many regard the matter of mammary display as a frontal attack on our standards morality. Sometimes, I tend to agree with them. Many is the occasion on which I have looked down on low-cut dresses." Dr. A's historical satire is wonderful, as mentioned earlier, is not just a remark on the confidence level one should have, that a man who peeps, leers, looks or smiles in the direction of a female, but also a gesture to the woman that your confidence equals that of the female who is looked upon. Dr. A. says "[Joe] Green, having emigrated to Italy, adopted the Italian version of his name, Giuseppe Verdi.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Rasquinha on April 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Isaac Asimov (the coy Dr. A who authored this book) is well known, not only to science fiction readers but many others as well, given the astounding breadth of his interests and his writings. With several hundred books to his credit, Asimov wrote on subjects as diverse as science, science fiction, literature, the Bible and so on. Sadly, few people know him as the author of The Sensuous Dirty Old Man (SDOM). Sadder yet, this book is very hard to find.
From start to finish, SDOM is a laugh riot as Asimov mercilessly parodies all and sundry. Ostensibly a guide for the Dirty Old Man to indulge his fascination with the female of the species, this little volume is a great helping of tongue in cheek humor at its best. Always outrageous but never really offensive, Asimov takes aim at fashions, at politics and just about everything else. Nor does he spare history or literature - witness his re-naming of the famed picture of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as the Bosom Rehabilitation Associates (or BRA!) and his hilarious send-up of the Verdi aria Oh Mammamobile from Rigoletto.
Asimov's well known writing strengths shine here as well. Written almost in conversational style, the book includes numerous vignettes of history, art and literature, all twisted by the author to his wicked purpose! No matter whether you are dirty, old or male: you will find yourself laughing helplessly all the way through and wishing there was more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca A. Fransway on February 18, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is just delightful. Distinguished scientist and sci-fi author Asimov surely had a load of fun preparing this book. Thorough instructions on why one has a duty to become a dirty old man and how to become one. This book also presents an inspiring run-down of historical dirty old men, including role models from Marc Anthony to Aaron Burr and Jonathon Swift on to supreme court justices such as Oliver Wendell Holmes and many others. The full page B&W photo portraits of the dirty old men represented seem to be chosen for their leering qualities. A real treasure.
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