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Delta of Venus Paperback – February 2, 2004
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"A joyous display of the erotic imagination."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Inventive, sophisticated . . . highly elegant naughtiness."-Cosmopolitan
Published in paperback by Pocket Books, 1990, 0671742493
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Just stop. It's so just- no.
Still, that seems an unlikely criterion. This is not sheer pornography, after all, even though Anais Nin claimed that she wrote these stories for an anonymous collector who constantly demanded more sexual content and less literary quality. Whoever the original audience was, collector of smut or otherwise, Ms. Nin at the time hung around with a group of extremely inventive and daring writers, including Henry Miller. The likelihood that she would write without at least intending to do so with quality is pretty slim. So the question remains - if the intention of these stories is at once to arouse the reader and to satisfy the author's writerly ambitions, how can we tell if they are successful in their intent? Particularly if we are a man reading erotica allegedly aimed at women? (Which is exactly what we are, by the way, in case you were wondering.)
One way in which these tales stumble is the odd and very noticeable tendency to refer to body parts in the abstract. Surprisingly often, a character will be looking at or touching the body of another, and the narrative will refer to "the breasts" or "the hair", not to mention "the" other things. I found this a little surprising.Read more ›
This is how I feel about reading this book. I got what I deserved for being a voyeur and reading erotica on the sly. Just when you get lulled in by the good prose style of Anais Nin she stabs you in the eye.
If erotica is supposed to give you the jollies, here is where I cringed:
1. Incest (with both sexes)
3. Female genital mutilation
All of these were involuntary acts of sex where a clearly stronger aggressor victimizes a weaker party, and sometimes a combination of these, and I'd only gotten through the first three stories!
The worst part is I read before I sleep and I had a dream about a homosexual pedophile shortly after reading that story. I thought this would be a fun read but I kind of feel like the old Europe feel isn't all that sexy to me: Hungarians, Parisians in old Lima, that sort of thing. But Anais Nin writes well, so this review doesn't get 1 star.
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As someone who hasn't indulged much in the literotica community, I ordered this on a whim after reading a review in my favorite magazine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by courtney
With all its faults. I still do enjoy these strange tales. Anais is such a great writer she makes even the most base tale seem exotic and luxurious.Published 3 months ago by mice
This book is a must read for all the 'would be' erotica writers! Anais writes with such fire! Simply superb!Published 9 months ago by The all mighty one
Picked this up at a library book sale thinking it was going to be erotic ADULT oriented stories with class and sex appeal. Wow, was I wrong. Read morePublished 10 months ago by artist91
Not as explicit as you would like. Explicit then was not the same as it is today. I saw the movie 'Henry' and wanted to see her writing.Published 10 months ago by Jim