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Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru Delta of Venus is an extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the master of erotic writin. I think you have to be a little on the sick and twisted to get off on this book Well parts of it Here are some examples of the icky ickiness Anais Nin writes about in Delta of Venus Dude lays in bed early in the morning and some kids who live in the house come in and horse play around his room He gets a hard on and encourages them to frolic about on top of the covers Same dude decades later takes custody of his teenage son and daughter Then he fucks em A different dude burns some lady s cootch with a hot pipe Another dude helps some man take a dead body out of the river and then he fucks the dead body while water pours out of her orifices A lady rides a horse bareback and gets all horny from the feel of the horse s rough coat against her clit etcEw right I mean she does have some good stuff in the book but honestly it s so overshadowed by the ick that it s hard to lose oneself in the writing That being said I ll admit that the reason we read Anais Nin in 2009 is to gain some perspective on the history of erotica so than for sexy fun times There s no doubt that Nin was remarkable after all she s female working in a male dominated industry but her writing is flat and stale kinda like this review Very few of her stories were fleshed out and I found that she was missing the intense emotional connection I d expect from a woman writer the poeticism is noticeably absent I m completely and utterly disappointed Maybe I set my expectations too highHere s the blurb on the back of the book this edition published in the 1970s Thirty five years ago Anais Nin created the female language for sexuality She did it for a wealthy male patron for 100 a page He ordered her to leave out the poetry but she simply couldn t The publication of Delta of Venus now makes available to the rest of us the seductive erotic and full bodied nature of her writing And it reveals Anais Nin as a woman ahead of her timeWell Mr or Ms Blurbist you couldn t be farther from the truth Or further Whatever

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In Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin penned a lush magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents Among these pr. I was rereading bits of this last night after seeing several one or two star reviews of it pop up in my feed recently And scanning through some of the other GR reviews here there s a lot of people objecting that it s icky one reviewer lists all the things that feature in Delta things like incest rape paedophilia and then just says Ew right WELL NO NOT EW ACTUALLY I mean yes ew if you like of course a lot of these things may not be very appealing depending on your tastes but fundamentally I just think this is a misunderstanding of the genre The whole point of erotica is often not so much to turn you on as to go to places that other writing cannot to break down taboos Like other kinds of genre fiction it should be mind expanding In the same way that for instance science fiction or fantasy tries to conjure up other civilisations in order to contextualise our own so erotica is the one genre which gets to look at social conventions one by one and imagine what would happen if they didn t exist or if they were systematically ignored The idea is to open you up to new experiences and it s often meant to be unsettling and challenging rather than arousing although certainly one key motive is to prompt that unexpected jolt from the reader where an internal voice says Whoa why do I find that idea so hot I thought I d dealt with all this in therapyHaving made the counter intuitive case that good erotica isn t necessarily sexy Exhibits A and B being de Sade and Bataille I should say that Ana s Nin is nowhere near as far along the scale as those two Her writing is well I won t say sexy because that s so subjective one man s boring theme exercise being another woman s dependable two am go to but it is definitely rich and sensual and I think there is a lot to admire about her prose style Here we go let s check out some hot Pierre on Elena actionHe was in France without papers risking arrest For greater security Elena hid him at the apartment of a friend who was away They met every day now He liked to meet her in the darkness so that before they could see each other s face their hands became aware of the other s presence Like blind people they felt each other s body lingering in the warmest curves making the same trajectory each time knowing by touch the places where the skin was softest and tenderest and where it was stronger and exposed to daylight where on the neck the heartbeat was echoed where the nerves shivered as the hand came nearer to the center between the legs This is typical of her approach which makes use of a lot of short simple clauses either separated into different sentences fairytale like or strung together with semicolons into long dreamy bouts of poetic description She applies this ruthless sensuality eually to the sex and to the moments of violence or sadism that crop up in the book I am far from the world s biggest Ana s Nin fan but I do think it is important that we have a woman finally writing about this kind of thing rather than what we had for hundreds of years previously viz men guessing what women thought about it I m thinking John Cleland Pierre Lou s et hundreds of alNin always prompted a lot of varied reactions from other women some thinking Finally someone is saying it and others being like Whoa there speak for yourself sister Meanwhile men s excitement was split between the stuff they recognised women think like us and the stuff that seemed new women don t think like us I do think it s interesting that you can draw a line from Delta of Venus in the 1940s right through to let s say Nancy Friday s Women on Top in 1991 and see that most of the themes have barely changed at allI don t think Delta of Venus is a great book but I do think it s an interesting and important one and I have a real soft spot for it Of course in real life Ana s Nin was as mad as a box of frogs but she was the right person at the right time and I like a lot of what s in here as the reviews show it still has the power to challenge people today when you might think the whole thing would have seemed rather pass Don t burn someone s genitalsit is NOT OK says one reviewer earnestly Well yes fair enoughit s just as well then that this isn t fucking reportage it s a piece of creative writing Jesus Now if you ll excuse me I ll be in my bunk going over page 117 again

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Ovocative stories a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a. This collection forces you to examine your pre conceived notions of erotica at least I did If you think you ll start reading this all respectable in your best readerly librarian s glasses then a few pages in change into something comfortable and finish in dire need of the coldest shower ever you re probably wrong There s something for everyone here and I mean EVERYONE including necrophiliacs pedophiles sadists and those with any number of other kinks Yuck right Yuck except you can t really extricate yourself that easily Nin turns the reader into a voyeur observing and therefore a passive participant in all kinds of deviant behaviour She also plays this nasty little trick of drawing you into something that looks sexy but then with a high pitched cackle punishing you with a shocking and vile ending Hahaha she says Getting turned on are ya Here s a knife in your crotch No I m not even exaggeratingI read this collection slowly one story per week which I think is the best way to read Nin s work Read any uicker and it will be like pouring a whole jar of honey down your throat sickeningly sweet and what a mess I found the shortest stories to be the most successful because they are focused and pack a punch that I appreciated as time went by The longer ones tend to have sexy scenes but are less effective because they meander from encounter to encounter without much connecting them I got the sense that she was being paid by the page in those stories and she wasIt is so difficult to write sex well I m not going to say that she did that all the way through this book She definitely has her moments though and each reader s copy will have a dog eared page or two depending on what floats your boat I think we continue to read Anais Nin s work because yes she was one of the first women to write this way And also because there s an unabashed crazy let s face it she was loony as a fruitcake honesty about her A woman writing honestly about sex That will never lose appeal As one of her characters says Why do women make such a secret and mystery of it all They think it destroys their mystery but it is not true And here you come out and say just what you felt It is wonderful And the female character responds I believe in saying it There are enough mysteries and these do not help our enjoyment of each other So what is erotica Does it serve to arouse sexually Or does it educate break taboos open awareness strip naked secret fantasies I think Nin s stories do all these things Though I often found myself saying but YUCK now that I ve read the collection I m not at all sorry I did I guess you could say I was seduced Damn

  • Hardcover
  • 271
  • Delta of Venus
  • Anaïs Nin
  • English
  • 24 October 2017
  • 9781579125745

About the Author: Anaïs Nin

French born novelist passionate eroticist and short story writer who gained international fame with her journals Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974 they give an account of one woman's voyage of self discovery It's all right for a woman to be above all human I am a woman first of all from The Diary of Anaïs Nin vol I 1966 Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s Today she is

10 thoughts on “Delta of Venus

  1. says:

    I was first introduced to Anais Nin by my boyfriend who bought me a first edition of Little Birds on Valentines Day a couple of years ago I was surprised to discover that it wasn't raunchy or esoteric at all but very accessible very beautiful and naturally very sensual At an estate sale recently I came across Delta of Venus and p

  2. says:

    I was rereading bits of this last night after seeing several one or two star reviews of it pop up in my feed recently And scanning through some of the other GR reviews here there's a lot of people objecting that it's ‘icky’ – one reviewer

  3. says:

    355Let's get one thing straight This is erotica Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica You know that phenomeno

  4. says:

    This collection forces you to examine your pre conceived notions of erotica at least I did If you think you'll sta

  5. says:

    WowI mean I had never heard of this until recently when I had been dared to read it and yes I knew that I was getting into heavy erotica but I hadn't expected it to be so damn goodSeriously I'm not ashamed to admit that I was almost completely unable to stand up during most of the read and because I was using te

  6. says:

    A kaleidescopic array of tantalizing erotica An epidemic of erotic journals that's indispensable to the most insatiable of sex aficionados It is the best of its type; no doubt this may be the bible of this literary black sheep genre I

  7. says:

    Tricky oneIs there any way to write well about sex? Too much metaphor and the words themselves are destroyed in an orgy of filth too little and it can become cold and clinical The issues of gender politics the fluidity of sexuality and sexual identity and different sexual kinks also come into play It’s a fine tightrope to balance on And it

  8. says:

    I think you have to be a little on the sick and twisted to get off on this book Well parts of it Here are some examples of the icky ickiness Anais Nin writes about in Delta of Venus Dude lays in bed early in the mo

  9. says:

    A broke Anais Nin wrote porn at a dollar a page for an unknown collector who kept telling her to write less literary crap of the in and out Which infuriated her because she thought he was destroying everything interesting about sex Which is basically the same debate people are having today about internet pornAnd she keeps

  10. says:

    AUTHOR WEBCAM Hi there my name’s Anais what’s yours? Oh er hi Anais My name’s Pau Manny My name is Manny Hi Manny How are you tonight? Oh I'm fine thank you Er you have a great laptop there Why thank you It’s a Lenovo Ideapad Do you thi

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