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Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin Paperback – March 6, 2007

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Newly discharged from Israeli military duty and in search of "emotio-physical release after three years of puke-green uniforms," 20-year-old Bahr backpacked from Bangkok to Saigon to Delhi in order to experience life as well as (less successfully) find a proper lover. "My poonani has become my own personal Gaza Strip," she notes in this witty though uneven memoir, "unable to get past the partial penetration stage." However, when Bahr sets out with a fellow Israeli named Boaz, whom she met in a Tel-Aviv Backpacker Store, she's already been deflowered indifferently by a Moroccan paratrooper. In Bangkok, Boaz deserts her, and Bahr befriends another Israeli from her flight, Yoni, who is intent on visiting a brothel, where the narrator is hit by a banana catapulted from the dancer's vagina. Bowel problems plague our narrator, from Bangkok to Delhi, and from time to time she does let slip a few touching details of her life, such as the breakup of her parents' marriage and her brother's retardation. Bahr (an actress who has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Cable Guy) tries to ingratiate herself with the reader with her sarcastic digs at herself and others, but she offers little by way of description or history about the places she's actually visiting. (Mar.)
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"Girl meets boy, girl meets another boy, and girl meets another boy…my kind of book! Dork Whore is hilarious. It’s like listening to a drunk friend tell you all the embarrassing stuff she’ll regret the next day."—Chelsea Handler, author of My Horizontal Life
 
“Much about Ms. Bahr can be learned in her gracefully titled memoir, Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin (Bloomsbury). The subtitle cannot be fully explained here, nor can her unpleasant experience in the audience at a Bangkok sex show, nor her exquisitely detailed gastrointestinal troubles, nor her repeated attempts to bring to an end her pseudo-virginal status."—New York Times
 
“Bahr has a flair for the self-deprecating wisecrack, a trick that keeps this quick memoir moving.”—Kirkus Review
 
“Witty…touching details.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Like Bruch Chatwin with a vagina, Paul Theroux with a sense of humor, Iris Bahr takes an external and internal journey that is exotic, unique, singular, personal, intimate, honest, exciting, wildly funny, smart, and strangely arousing”—Larry Charles, director of Borat and producer of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596912340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596912342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When this book arrived, I opened it to the first page to just get a taste of the writing. I truly did not put it down until more than 80 pages later. The story is very engaging and fun. I couldn't help but think I'd love to travel with Iris -- even if I would have to fight her off for men. Ms. Bahr is so honest that you almost feel guilty reading such intimate thoughts. The writing is very smart, but entirely accessible. She's a self-aware narrator, but not in an annoying let-me-hit-you-over-the-head-with-my-self-discovery way.

It was the most enjoyment I've had between two covers in awhile. ;)

I hope she writes another book soon.
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Take David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell and David Rackoff, stuff them together in a pita, give them divorced parents, an American and Israeli childhood, send them to the Israeli Army, and then ship them off to Asia with a journal. Now you almost have Iris Bahr. Iris (pronounced Eeeee-ris) was fresh out of the Israeli Army, age 21, and off to Asia like many other Israeli 20-somethings to trek and backpack. The stories that ensue are funny, slightly insightful, totally soul-baring, and sort of like "travels through Asia in a bad and horny mood."

There are many who say that men think with their crotch more than with their brain. Iris is the same. She is desperate to officially lose her virginity, and because Iris' crotch is in control, and because she is chock full of Jewish and other neuroses, she is not the most pleasant travel companion. But what is bad news for her fellow trekkers becomes hilarious stories for her readers. The chapters are very short, which is perfect for subway reading, and every so often she sprinkles in a scene from her childhood, which help to give a foundation for her recurring funny issues with abandonment and love, but overall, who really cares. What is most important are her hilarious episodes across Asia as she deals with prostitutes, men who love prostitutes, men who would break lifelong friendships with best friends for the chance for pleasure or prostitutes, intestinal worms, having the cool backpack, and finding the right balance between individual and group activities
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Soooooo gooooood! And so much better than Eat, Pray, Love.

I wouldn't necessarily do a side by side comparison of the two, but they are of the same genre and they are both about a woman traveling to multiple countries in Asia to find themselves (and in Bahr's case, to find an orgasm as well).

However, Bahr does a much better job than Gilbert at verbalizing women's neuroses. I mean, I have had EVERY THOUGHT that Bahr describes. And if a girl who spent her adolescence in Israel has the same thoughts and feelings as a Catholic girl from the Midwest, then every woman must have felt this way at some point in their lives. So, this book is reaffirming for women, as well as an entertaining read. Also, if any man asks why us women are so complex, difficult, hard to understan, etc., then give them this book. This explains everything that is going through our heads.

Furthermore, this book is hilarious!!! A very entertaining read. And it is not because of the sexual nature of this book either. Bahr is a true comedian.
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I don't write a lot of reviews. For me to write one, I've got to like the item pretty well. Dork Whore gets an easy 5 stars. It's light and interesting. Perfect quick read for traveling over a long weekend. If you like Svetlana (HDNET), you will probably enjoy this more personal trip from Iris Bahr.
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Iris Bahr is very brave to have written something so personal. I guess you have to be very funny if you are going to write about your own coming-of-age story. It is lucky for the reader that Iris Bahr is so clever and funny, otherwise the story would degenerate into endless self analysis and become a text on sexual dysfunction.

I read the Kindle edition which had many typographical errors. Clearly the book was scanned and nobody read the proof to be sure that it scanned correctly. Just to give you a sense of the types of errors in the book, in many places a forward slash replaces the word 'I'. How sad that nobody took the time to check the scan before publishing the Kindle edition. Dork Whore is still a really good read, even if you have to slog through the typos.
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Have loved Iris for years. She always plays great movie characters and is not afraid to make fun of herself. The stories and way she is unashamed to share her ealry life as a self proclamed misfit and outcast is amazing. A must read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
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I'd recommend this book for any woman with a penchants for introspective thinking- aka, getting stuck in your own head instead of living your life. It's hilarious and very relatable. My own problem with it was the ending was extremely rushed and a little anticlimactic (Ha!!).
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If you enjoy the type of humor found in something like Extras, where you want to turn away from the painful embarassment and yet you can't all the while you're in stitches, then you'll like this book. Bahr can turn a phrase also, and some of the text is almost poetic in the way of a tale told out loud or a good stand-up routine.
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