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Read this book 40 years ago....learned a lot of what I know about sex from this book (even though he got some of it wrong!) deemed it erotic, and yes, pornographic...depicts an era when men in the British upper classes with unlimited resources could get away with socially-sanctioned everything in their pursuit of pleasure....hmmmm, have things really changed?...G. ( )
  Gemma. | May 16, 2013 |
This book has everything! Incest, pedophelia, rape, assault, coercion, disease, hookers, bodily functions...
I can't say much of it was very "erotic" but as a cultural piece, an indication of what was acceptable 100+ years ago, it's quite interesting. By the end it gets more than repetitive and the last couple of "conquests" were drawn out and uncomfortable for everyone involved.
Not a book for anyone other than the really curious or perverted. ( )
  wpschlitz | Mar 19, 2012 |
Probably the pre-eminent book on Victorian era erotica, not that I read a lot of erotica so I can most definitely say I don't really know what I'm talking about except I've heard this is one of the few chronicles of what the sex life of a male was like in this era-- I got this for more of the historical nature of sex and gender issues in the 18th century, not for the great erotica read and if historical reference is what you're looking for I think you'll get a lot of this book ... that said, the book in general on a personal level isn't my cup of tea, in fact some of it was a bit too scandalous for me to continue reading through -- but, if you want all the naughty bits about what people were up to in the 18th century, then this is the book to start with -- ( )
  offsideher | Mar 24, 2009 |
.....only half read though this book, but i find it nausating and hard to call it a "beautiful thing".raping the domestic help, raping children, getting service by prostitutes, and catching the clap more times than the yankees won world series.....

yet,its a good piece of work.....its either the detailed imaginary compulsions of a diseased mind or the confessions of a fiend. maybe its both ( )
1 vote JayTheMagnificent | Dec 21, 2008 |
This first volume contains books one and two of the original eleven into which "Walter", from an upper-middle class English Victorian family, divided his sexual autobiography. It describes his recollections from earliest childhood of precocious curiosity about male and female anatomy and behaviour and the ways in which he satisfied it. In the prefaces to this volume he also talks of his later indecision about what to do with the mass of notes he had accumulated, throughout his life, many of which had been written almost immediately after the events described. Should he destroy them in case they were found after his death, or should he publish? As we see, he decided on publication. His work could not present a greater contrast to Casanova's book; Walter's style is repellent and coarse, and though he occasionally refers to other events in his life it is only as they impinge on or influence his varied sexual escapades. Its redeeming merit is its obvious truthfulness and the comprehensive nature of his experiences in the UK and on the Continent with women and occasionally men. It incidentally exposes the attitude of a relatively wealthy man to the classes he considered socially beneath him - servants, working people and prostitutes - and in words quoted on the cover, "reveals more about London's low life ... than a dozen or so Dickens or Mayhews." ( )
  gibbon | Oct 21, 2008 |
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