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The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up Sex Paperback – August 5, 2014
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"Fontanel knows a thing or two about seduction.” (The Wall Street Journal)
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It is a quick read that one can finish it leisurely in a few hours. And after I've done that, this is what I think:
I still believe that the author laid down a question that is worth pondering. Too often our societal ideals about romance and sexuality is dominated about the idea that a healthy, happy woman should be out and about, engaging in action. The more the merrier. However, this kind of mentality assumes as if mutual carnal pleasures are the ultimate meanings. It says nothing to the loneliness and incompletion of an individual. Of getting hurt. Of vulnerability. Of asymmetry. Of love unreciprocated. Most importantly, of the independence and wholesomeness that a woman must achieve before a lasting relationship is possible at all.
For a good portion of the book this surely looks like what the author was getting at. I found especially poignant her honest exposé of her first sexual encounter at the age of 13 - the candidness with which she shared her naivete, vulnerability, and the disillusionment that she felt as a result of her precocious adventures.
However, as the book went out, it became increasingly clear that the author was much less interested in exploring this questions than admiring her own courage and beauty.Read more ›
Her story struck me as though she grew weary of and her body rejected being used by men who did not love her but found her a convenient lover. I believe that she was tired of being an appliance. I can understand her desire to get away from that situation, in fact I think it was noble of her to do so. If a situation is not fulfilling one's happiness then they should endeavor to change. Take a vacation from men, and leave loveless sex forever. But then it struck me that rather than trying to find a meaningful loving relationship, she just seemed to take much smug satisfaction at being the odd woman out and watching her friends scramble to fix her life, while their own were so obviously full of faults. So after quite some period of time she began to feel "insinuating vibrations" and the book ends with her starting an affair with a married man. Perhaps all she wants from life are on and off periods of loveless sex. It struck me that she wasted her sexual prime trying to prove some point to herself and her friends, but in the end what ever that point was, she didn't seem to learn it very well.
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This book was very short, possibly thankfully so. It is divided up into short vignettes that I invariably found were just starting to get interesting and I would flip the page to find that it ended two or three sentences later. It seemed to be written with some artsy Victorian modesty that implied much but told very little. I found the prose too flowery and vague.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was this book self-indulgent? Yes. But I think it goes beyond that. Ultimately, I'm somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for this book, in terms of rating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica Lynn
French women are, by definition, sexual creatures. We think of them as sensuality incarnate, tempting and fiercely provocative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather Mcnamara
A total waste of time. The author is a self-centered, superficial at times, a wanna-be-writer who should not write. What is this book about? No answer. Whom is it written for? Read morePublished 9 months ago by babochka
I posted my comments as a reply to a review here... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Danielle Zeghbib
I pre-ordered this book a few months before it was released. I was SO looking forward to it, I thought as the title says, that it would be about WHY a woman suddenly gave up sex. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lynne
The author should have called this book, "The Art of how to write a boring book in 1,000 words or less." It was more like an essay than an actual book. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Cindi
This is a completely worthless book. The book has about 150 pages but close to 30 are empty, used for opening new chapters, or separating fragments. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Witold