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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.
A Spy in the House of Love (1959) is the beautifully poetic expression of a desire that is seldom acknowledged. With the greatest clarity, it expresses a woman's desire-or more precisely, a peculiarly feminine desire-to rid herself absolutely of all feminine desire. Her desire desires nothing more than to imitate the vicissitudes of masculine desire.
The main character, Sabrina, is an actress who slips in and out of erotic relations with men-"the house of love" to which the title refers. Like Madame Bovary, she is unfaithful to her husband. Unlike Madam Bovary, however, she is serially unfaithful and seemingly incapable of devoting herself completely to any one man. Garbed in a cape, Sabrina races through the night from one tryst to the next. She is by no means cold. She is sensitive enough to bleed to death from a paper cut; one slight or insult from a passer-by would cause her to vaporize on the street. Indeed, her emotional attachments are impassioned. Although she reads the men with whom she couples as if they were so many books, memorizing every detail of their person, it is clear that each of these men affects her profoundly. It would be incorrect, therefore, to say that she is, for instance, a man imprisoned in the body of a woman. Because she is a woman whose inner world is infinitely rich and who is capable of infinite passion, she longs-fruitlessly, perhaps-to become impassive; it is precisely because she burns with passion that she yearns to rid herself of all passion.
Masculine desire is transient. Once a man has what he desires, he often loses interest and turns his mind to a new object of lust. Sabrina knows this.Read more ›
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.
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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 12 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 13 months ago by Anna
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 21 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 23 months ago by Anne-Marie
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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 on March 20, 2014 by Bruce Ferguson
I can def relate to Sabrina. It's great how a fictional woman could be so like me. Great book! Truly an amazing book for women.Published on January 6, 2014 by harmony0000